Karen Montgomery, ‘Star Trek’ Actress and Film Producer, Dies at 66

Courtesy of Christopher Monger

Actress, producer and development executive Karen Montgomery died Dec. 4 in Los Angeles following a nearly decade-long battle with breast cancer. She was 66.

Montgomery started in showbiz as an actress, starring most notably as Princess Beata in a 1988 episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” She then moved behind-the-scenes role, working as an assistant to screenwriter Waldo Salt, director Hal Ashby and producer Bruce Gilbert on 1978’s “Coming Home.”

Throughout her career she worked in the development departments of indie film companies, with producing credits on films including “Row Your Boat” (1999), “‘Til There Was You” (1997) and “Diary of a Hitman” (1991), which was directed by Montgomery’s former acting coach and friend Roy London.

Following London’s death from AIDS complications in 1993, Montgomery and husband, director Christopher Monger, produced a documentary called “Special Thanks to Roy London,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005.

Montgomery is survived by her husband; her mother Susan Nelson; and brother Carl Montgomery.

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  1. I loved her as Mistress Beata. Wish the Enterprise could have done a follow up visit/episode.

  2. David Phillip says:

    That is tough luck.

    • Melvin Gilstrap says:

      Karen was a down to earth person. My wife and I loved her so much. Her and her husband were very nice people. We will miss you Ksren, but I know you among us daily.

      Melvin and Audrey Gilstrap

  3. Kevin Foltz says:

    This is one of the most poorly written pieces I’ve ever seen.

  4. T-Bone says:

    For anyone who may be interested, the Star trek-TNG episode she was in was “Angel One”, from the first season.

  5. Eddie says:

    Cancer is the bodies response wanting to heal itself. It is a auto immune response. Eat well, live clean and kill cancer. Gerson therapy.

  6. mike nicholes says:

    Wait a minute. She starred in a Star Trek-TNG episode in 1988, but then moved behind the camera to work on 1978’s “Home Coming”? Could she time travel?!?

  7. Bob says:

    She smoked. Not a judgment, just an observation.

    • philohio says:

      Even people who don’t smoke die from cancer, so what’s your point?
      Did you quit recently and are now on your own crusade to fight smoking?

  8. Susan Andaya says:

    Sad to hear that she passed away particularly after dealing with cancer for a decade. It would have been more respectful if the research and proofing of this article had been done properly. This is Variety, for heaven’s sake!

    • David Phillip says:

      and smoking does not have a genetic “hotspot” for breast cancer either. i formerly smoked like a chimney and stopped, quite a while ago so i have no reason to defend rj reynolds et al. so, acknowledging the harm that smoking might do is not a problem for me. having stated that, every person that smoked then dies is not the result of smoking. just up to the gills with this every problem known to man directly linked to tobacco.

  9. John Smith says:

    Don’t mean to be snide, but if her entertainment career began in ’88, then she couldn’t have moved on to something else behind the scenes in ’78.

  10. Her character’s name was “Mistress Beata”, not “Princess Beata”. It belittles her character to make her a “princess”, or even a “queen”. She ruled an entire planet!

  11. Chris Dubé says:

    Mistress Beata you dummies.

  12. Dave says:

    I thought she did well considering how cheesy the episode was.

  13. Her character on TNG, was not a princess but more like a prime minister

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