Thursday, December 18, 2008

RIP - Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

Sad news in the entertainment world today, as news comes that Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Star Trek actress and widow of creator Gene Roddenberry, passed away at the age of 76 following a battle with leukemia.

Barrett first appeared in the original Star Trek pilot, 1964's The Cage, as the first officer known only as Number One. When NBC commissioned a second pilot for the series, the cast was significantly retooled, and although Barrett's character was jettisoned, she would appear regularly on the series as Nurse Christine Chapel. She also provided the voice of Starfleet computers from the original series on throughout all subsequent series.

When Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted, Barrett took on the recurring role as Counselor Deanna Troi's exuberant and somewhat brassy mother, Lwaxana.

At the time of her death, Barrett had just completed voiceover work for the upcoming Star Trek film, once again providing the voice of the Enterprise computer.

Rest In Peace, Mrs. Barrett Roddenberry.

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