Majel Barrett Roddenberry, an actress who appeared in all five “Star Trek” series, died Thursday of leukemia in her Bel Air home. She was 76.
Known as the First Lady of Star Trek, the widow of late “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry made her last contribution to the franchise by providing the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek” feature. She completed work on the film before her death.
NBC execs and female viewers alike were said to be displeased that Rodenberry cast a woman — who was also his girlfriend at the time — as First Officer in the series pilot “The Cage,” and she was recast as a nurse and then a doctor in subsequent series.
Barrett Roddenberry returned in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” as headstrong Betazoid amabassador Lwaxana Troi, a role she reprised in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
She also provided the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every incarnation of the series and most of the “Star Trek” films.
Born Majel Leigh Hudec in Columbus, Ohio, she attended the U. of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. After moving to Hollywood, she appeared in TV shows including “Leave it to Beaver,” “The Lucy Show,” “Bonanza,” “General Hospital,” “Love on a Rooftop” and “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies.”
Her film roles included “Westworld,” “The Quick and the Dead” and “A Guide for the Married Man.” She married Roddenberry in 1969; he died in 1991.
She also served as exec producer on “Earth: Final Conflict” and “Andromeda.”
She is survived by a son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr.
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