Cheers actress Kirstie Alley passed away on Monday (December 5, 2022) and fans are revisiting some of the her most iconic roles – but why do some believe she was in Sex And The City?
Kirstie Alley was best known for starring in sitcom Cheers, movie Look Who’s Talking, and for her iconic role as Gladys Leeman in cult comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. She passed away at the age of 71 after a short battle with cancer.
In light of her passing, TV and film buffs are revisiting some of her best roles over the years. But this has also led to revived confusion over whether Alley starred in another classic comedy, Sex And The City.
The Focus unpacks who really played Lexi Featherston in one of the iconic TV show’s most memorable scenes.
Was Kirstie Alley in Sex And The City?
No, Kirstie Alley did not star in HBO’s iconic comedy series Sex And The City (SATC). The episode in which some fans think Alley appeared is entitled Splat! It is the show’s third-to-last episode and aired on February 8, 2004.
The episode centers on Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) and whether she’ll move to Paris with Aleksandr Petrovsky (Mikhail Baryshnikov). Carrie is invited to a party by Vogue editor Enid Frick (Candice Bergen) but, while mulling over her decision, the party’s suddenly over when tragedy strikes.
Frustrated party girl Lexi Featherston, who had been the It Girl of the Eighties, gets angry about not being able to smoke indoors. This leads to her falling out of the window, shocking Carrie and the other guests in attendance. Lexi’s funeral takes place later in the episode, when Carrie finally makes her decision to move to Paris.
It was Kristen Johnston who starred as Lexi in Sex And The City
It wasn’t Kirstie Alley who starred as Lexi Featherston, but Kristen Johnston. Like Alley, Johnston is also an Emmy Award-winning actress, known for her work in sitcoms. Johnston, 55, is best known for her role as Sally Solomon in 3rd Rock From The Sun. Johnston’s other memorable roles include Music And Lyrics, Mom, and Bride Wars.
Splat! is considered one of the most memorable Sex And The City episodes, mainly thanks to Johnston’s scene-stealing fall. Not only does the episode feature one of the most shocking scenes in all six series, it also does what SATC does best: addresses topics such as ageism and sexism but with Darren Star’s witty, sharp dialogue front and center.
In the episode, Johnston delivers one of the show’s best lines. “I’m so bored I could die,” Lexi Featherston says, before promptly falling to her death.
Fans have confused Kirstie Alley for Kristen Johnston and vice-versa for years
The confusion between Kirstie Alley and Kristen Johnston has been well documented over the years. Johnston has even commented on the confusion, exclaiming on social media she’s not Kirstie Alley. In October 2020, media outlets covered Johnston’s pleas for people to stop getting her confused with Alley:
This mix-up goes back decades. It even led the actresses to play on their similarities in an episode of Kirstie. Johnston played waitress Maddie Banks in an episode entitled Maddie vs Maddie. She plays opposite Kirstie Alley’s actress, also called Maddie Banks. The characters’ backstory and why they look so similar is touched on in the episode.
John Travolta pays tribute to Kirstie Alley
Ever since Kirstie Alley’s passing was confirmed by her family in a statement, fans and friends have taken to the internet to pay homage.
“Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had. I love you Kirstie,” Look Who’s Talking co-star John Travolta wrote alongside a snap of the late star. “I know we will see each other again.”
Valerie Bertinelli tweeted: “Oh Kirstie, Rest in Peace”