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Friday, December 19, 2008

First Lady of 'Trek' dies

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and an actress whose longtime association with the "Star Trek" franchise included playing Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series and Betazoid Ambassador Lwaxana Troi in the later series, has died at the age of 76:

In the first TV pilot, she played a leading role as Number One, the first officer who was second in command.

But at the request of various executives, changes were made, and she did not reprise her role in the second TV pilot. Instead, she played the minor role of Nurse Chapel when the series began airing on NBC in September 1966. Roddenberry had another distinction: Beginning with the original series, she supplied the coolly detached voice of the USS Enterprise's computer -- something she did on the various "Star Trek" series.

She also was the voice of the Starship Enterprise for six of the 10 "Star Trek" movies that have been released, as well as the 11th, which is due out next year.

Roddenberry also played Dr. Christina Chapel in two of the "Star Trek" movies, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" and "Star Trek: The Voyage Home."

And she played the recurring role of the flamboyant Lwaxana Troi on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."
Completely unrelated to this post, but thankyou for my Christmas Card again this year. You also get massive bonus points for actually signing it btw, rather than just sending a generic printed card like so many people these days! It was very much appreciated! So thanks a lot Peter!

All the best!
I think Star Trek has put the idea of alien beings elsewhere in our galaxy into the national psyche. Which on the whole is a good thing, we are facing a environmental disaster in addition to going through a mass extinction event purely of our own making, it will be good for the planet to realise that there isn't a "god" who is going to make thing better, and we can seriously bugger up life including our own on this lump of rock going around an insignificant sun.
Can I just thank you for not making her relationship with her husband the only defining feature of her life as so many others have done?

* hug *
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