Thursday, December 18, 2008

R.I.P. Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Majel Roddenberry, 'First Lady of Star Trek,' dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, has died. She was 76. Roddenberry, an actress who appeared in numerous "Star Trek" TV shows and movies, died Thursday of leukemia at her home in Bel-Air, Calif., her representative said.

At Roddenberry's side were family friends and her only son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr. Gene Roddenberry died in 1991.

Her romance with Roddenberry earned her the title "The First Lady of Star Trek." A fixture in the "Star Trek" franchise, her roles included Nurse Christine Chapel in the original "Star Trek," Lwaxana Troi in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every spin-off of the 1966 cult series. She recently reprised the voice role in the upcoming "Star Trek" film directed by J.J. Abrams.

R.I.P., Majel. You will be missed.


Vince said...

A surprising choice to play a robot madam in Westworld, which I watched again not too long ago. And yet somehow she made it work.

HouseT said...

Aw, man. I didn't even know that she was sick. Well this is a lousy way to start the morning.

I always found her as the computer voice to be odd, but mainly because of the differences between the shows. The smooth voice from the TNG shows I could buy, but the blocky one from the original series always threw me off. They must have really liked her to have even thought of using her as that voice to begin with. "Working..."