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Majel Barrett Roddenberry's star will never fade for Trek fans

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 19th 2008 4:29PM
barrett roddenberry star trekStar Trek fans everywhere are mourning the loss of Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who died yesterday at her home in Bel Air, Calif., after a battle with leukemia. Barrett Roddenberry was the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, who boldly cast her as second-in-command of the USS Enterprise in the original 1964 Star Trek pilot.

She didn't stay in command for long, thanks to the NBC execs of the time, but Roddenberry remained aboard the Enterprise in the role of Nurse Chapel and as the voice of the ship's computer. She went on to voice the computer for six Trek series and many of the films, including J.J. Abrams' upcoming reboot. She also guest-starred as Lwaxana Troi, the Captain Picard-chasing empath, on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

After Gene Roddenberry's death in 1991, Majel Barrett Roddenberry continued to help bring her husband's ideas to the small screen. She produced Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda, both based on stories by the Star Trek creator.

Star Trek will always be Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's legacy. Like most fans, I was glad to hear about Abrams' decision to use her voice in his movie. It's fitting that she'll be a part of the next chapter of what she and her husband created more than 40 years ago -- one of the most influential and longest-running media franchises in history. The First Lady of Star Trek, just like Trek itself, will not soon be forgotten by fans.

Fans have been invited to post about Roddenberry's passing at the official Roddenberry site.

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I was watching the S.A.G. awards last night and they were playing tribute to all the actors who had passed away in 2008. Her picture came up and I just started crying. I thought it must be some kind of mistake. I am on this site today and finding that it is true she has passed and it is just breaking my heart. Of all the people I ever wanted to meet it was her. She will forever continue to live in my memories and my heart.
Thank you so much, Majel.

January 26 2009 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been behind on reading item from this website - anyway, I am sadden to read of the passing of one my favorite people from Star Trek. She always brought light and humor to the episodes she appeared in. I just loved her character. Her creativity, her gusto for Sci-fi, and her talent will be missed.

December 23 2008 at 11:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Shocked to hear this.
Majel RIP.

December 19 2008 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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