Published December 18, 2008

A sad day for Star Trek fans — Majel Barrett Roddenberry died this morning at her Bel Air home from leukemia. She was 76.
Majel Barrett Roddenberry
Though she started her acting career in the 1950s on shows like Leave It To Beaver and The Lucy Show, it was her association with Star Trek, and its creator, that will forever be her legacy.

Appearing in Star Trek’s first pilot, The Cage, as Number One, second in command to Capt. Pike, brunette Barrett was re-cast as blonde Nurse Chapel after the network ordered television’s first mulligan. Thanks to that do-over, Barrett’s association with this series would continue for another 40+ years.

Barrett married Roddenberry in 1969 after the series was canceled.

After reprising her role as a higher-ranked Christine Chapel in Star Trek – The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek IV – The Voyage Home (1986), she would, of course, go on to be the voice of the Enterprise computer on nearly every incarnation of the series. She also (in a semi-recurring role) played Counselor Troi’s mother on The Next Generation.

Most recently, she completed voice-over work as the voice of the Enterprise’s computer in J.J. Abrams reboot of Star Trek, opening in May. Thank God, it wouldn’t have been the same without her.

What I remember most about Majel, was Nurse Chapel’s unrequited crush on Mr. Spock from the the original series — even Spock seemed somewhat bemused and flattered by it.

Come to think of it, she was also able to hold her own against Dr. McCoy when he was at his most cantankerous.

Classy lady — boldly gone.

The First Lady of Star Trek
a very nice scene — fondly remembered

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