John Travolta has paid tribute to close friend and former co-star Kirstie Alley after her death at the age of 71. “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had,” the actor, 68, posted via Instagram on Monday, Dec. 5. The Grease icon captioned several throwback photos of Kirstie, including a stunning glamour shot and candid of the pair together. “I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again,” he also said in the emotional post.
John and Kirstie had a longstanding friendship that began when they worked on 1989’s iconic romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking, which went on to gross over $297 million at the box office. In the film, Kirstie plays career-minded accountant Mollie Jensen who becomes pregnant via George Segal‘s character Albert. Amid the pregnancy, she becomes best friends and then romantically involved with cab driver James, played by John. Bruce Willis is also in the Amy Heckerling directed film as the voice of her talking newborn baby Mikey. The film spawned two sequels, including 1990’s Look Who’s Talking Too and 1993’s Look Who’s Talking Now.
Kirstie’s death was confirmed just minutes before John’s post following a private battle with cancer. The heartbreaking announcement was made by her children William Stevenson, 30, and Lillie Stevenson, 28, via their mom’s social media — noting that the cancer was “only recently discovered.” They added that “she was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead.” Her children, who she shares with ex-husband Parker Stevenson, also said they were “grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care” and described their mom as a “incredible, fierce and loving mother.”
Kirstie, who rose to fame for her role on Cheers, was married to Parker from 1983 to 1987, which was her second marriage. She was also wed to Bob Alley from 1970 to 1977.