Kirstie Alley’s final television appearance found the acclaimed actress at her most playful and carefree when she dropped by The Masked Singer in April.
The Look Who’s Talking star, whose death at age 71 was announced on Monday by her family, was suited up as the fuzzy Baby Mammoth for the Fox singing competition.
Her short stint on the reality series, which took place just over seven months before her shocking death, appears to have happened before she was diagnosed with cancer.
TV star: Kirstie Alley’s final television appearance before her death on Monday at 71 was on The Masked Singer in April, where she performed as the pink Baby Mammoth
The former Cheers star and Golden Globe winner was unmasked after she received the lowest number of votes from the show’s panelists.
Before her unmasking, the panelists were unsure of her true identity.
Ken Jeong insisted Baby Mammoth was Reese Witherspoon, while Robin Thicke guessed that it was Kristen Dunst. Nicole Scherzinger thought it might be Rachael Ray.
Jenny McCarthy was the only one to correctly guess from the clues that it was Kirstie.
Host Nick Cannon asked Kirstie after she took off her giant Baby Mammoth pink fluffy mask what brought her to The Masked Singer.
‘I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but I’ve never gotten to be in the circus,’ she joked while still wearing the bottom half of her pink fluffy costume.
No inkling: Her short stint on the reality series, which took place just over seven months before her shocking death, appears to have happened before she was diagnosed with cancer; seen with host Nick Cannon
Cuddly team: The former Cheers star and Golden Globe winner was unmasked after she received the least amount of votes from the show’s panelists
‘What was your favorite part of this entire process?’ Nick asked.
‘I have grandchildren and they’re really young, so they are going to think this is good,’ Kirstie replied.
She was the grandmother to her son William Stevenson’s Waylon Parker. Kirstie had adopted William, 30, along with her daughter Lillie, 28, during her second marriage to Parker Stevenson, 70.
The couple had tied the knot in 1983, but they divorced in 1997.
She seemed to have made a strong impression on the celebrity panelists.
‘You were so good,’ Nicole gushed.
Circus vibe: ‘I’ve done a lot of things in my career, but I’ve never gotten to be in the circus,’ Kirstie said, still wearing the bottom half of her pink fluffy costume
Correct guess: Jenny McCarthy, 49, correctly guessed from the clues that it was Kirstie
‘You are wickedly talented and funny,’ Jenny told her.
‘There is nobody like Kirstie Alley,’ Robin said. ‘It’s really a blessing and an honor to have you here. Thank you for coming out.’
One clue to her identity, a bird cage that said ‘danger wild animals’ on it, seemed to have stumped some of the panelists, though it hinted at the Star Trek actress’ love of animals.
‘I have 15 lemurs,’ Kirstie explained after being unmasked. ‘I have dogs and cats and birds and squirrels.’
‘I think that all animals should be wild things so set it free and help it escape,’ Baby Mammoth said when the clue was presented.
Earlier in the show, she sang ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’ by Cher.
‘I just want to cuddle you,’ Nicole said when she finished. ‘It was so entertaining and you are so cute. It’s driving me crazy though because I do not know who you are.’
For grandchildren: ‘I have grandchildren and they’re really young, so they are going to think this is good,’ Kirstie replied
Family: She has a grandson from her adopted son William, 30. She also adopted a daughter Lillie, now 28; seen with William and Lillie in 2000
‘You will be missed’: Kirstie shared her children with her second and final husband, Parker Stevenson, whom she was married to from 1983–1997. He shared a sweet message for her after her death was announced; seen in 1988
Later in the show, after being one of the two contestants that received the least amounts of votes, Kirstie’s Baby Mammoth competed against Space Bunny — who was later revealed to be Shaggy — in a to duel to stay in the competition.
Baby Mammoth sang Me Too by Meghan Trainor and Space Bunny sang Do You Really Want to Hurt Me by Culture Club’ and the panel voted on their favorite.
‘This is the most adorable duel ever,’ Ken said.
In the end the panel voted and Baby Mammoth received the least amount of votes.
Stumped: One clue to her identity, a bird cage that said ‘danger wild animals’ on it, seemed to have stumped some of the panelists, though it hinted at the Star Trek actress’ love of animals
Animal lover: ‘I have 15 lemurs,’ Kirstie explained after being unmasked. ‘I have dogs and cats and birds and squirrels.’ ‘I think that all animals should be wild things so set it free and help it escape,’ Baby Mammoth said when the clue was presented
Celebrities pay tribute to Kirstie Alley in wake of her death at 71
A number of celebrities took to Twitter to pay memorial to Kirstie Alley in the wake of news of her death at 71 following a brief battle with cancer.
Alley’s ex-husband Parker Stevenson, who she was married to from 1983-1997, posted a poignant memorial in which he said she ‘will be missed’
Alley’s friend and Look Who’s Talking costar John Travolta said, ‘I love you Kirstie’
Alley’s Cheers costar Kelsey Grammer said in a statement, ‘I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her’
Jamie Lee Curtis called Alley ‘a beautiful mama bear in her very real life’
Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin called her late friend ‘complex, energetic, animated and hilarious’ in a tweet
TV stalwarts such as William Shatner, Tim Allen and Jason Alexander were among the stars to send condolences following news of the star’s death
Megyn Kelly called Alley ‘a beautiful, brave, funny and beloved woman’
Carmen Electra called Alley a ‘beautifully talented soul’ in a social media post
Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd shared a shot of Alley dancing with her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy on one of her stints on the ABC ballroom show
Chmerkovskiy hailed Alley, his one-time dance partner, in an extensive post
Carl Weathers alluded to the theme song from Cheers in his memorial to Alley
Jackée Harry remembered her friend as ‘an undeniable talent who brought joy to many’
Josh Gad pointed out Alley’s professional achievements and said that she possessed an ‘iconic’ charisma
Past colleagues of Alley hailed her ‘welcoming’ nature and kind demeanor on set
Screenwriter Steven Canals said that Alley’s work ‘inspired so many’
A number of other notable personalities took to the social media site to pay memorial
PETA paid tribute to Alley and noted her efforts to help animals throughout her life
SAG-AFTRA sent their condolences to Alley’s kids, friends and fans, noting she was a member for 40 years
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