First lady of Trek, Majel Roddenberry, dies at 76

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Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, passed away from leukemia today at 76.

Roddenberry, often referred to as the first lady of Star Trek, was active in both the television series and films, and was often the voice of the Enterprise computer &ndash including the new Star Trek film coming out in 2009. Fans will most remember her however as Nurse Christine Chapel, and her unrequited love for Spock.

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In the 90s she played the flamboyant Lwaxana Troi, Deanna’s Troi’s mother in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

It is another sad day for Star Trek fans, myself included. Roddeberry is the last of the original cast to pass on, preceded by DeForest “Bones” Kelley in 1999 and James “Scotty” Doohan in 2005. Majel’s husband Gene Roddenberry passed away in 1991.

So long Majel. You will be missed.

Post by ILO on 12/19/08 at 1:07 am