Majel Barrett-Roddenberry – The First Lady of Star Trek

barret_picIt is with great sadness that we join with fellow fans across the globe and announce the death of Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.

Majel is best known for her role at “Nurse Chapel” in the original series of “Star Trek”.  She made guest appearances on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” playing the mother of Deanna Troi, Lwaxana and roles in “Bablyon 5”, “Earth: Final Conflict” and also the fan produced “Star Trek New Voyages”.  She also provided the voice for the Enterprise’s computer in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and films.  In a nod to the legacy that her husband, The Great Bird of the Galaxy, Gene Roddenberry, had created with “Star Trek”, Majel reprised this particular role for J J Abrams in his forthcoming “STAR TREK” film to be released May 2009.

In a particular ground-breaking move for the 60’s, Roddenberry originally cast Majel in the role of the First Officer in the first “Star Trek” pilot but had to change this dynamic when asked to produce a second pilot.  She married Roddenberry in Japan in 1969 – the year of the show’s cancellation.

She is survived by her son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, who announced this sad news on www.roddenberry.com.  In the announcement, Mr Roddenberry has requested that no gifts or flowers be sent but donations to be made to two charities, Precious Paws and C.A.R.E.  All information regarding these can be found on the website.

Majel was a popular guest at “Trek” conventions and one of my most favourite rememberences of her was when I attended a Sea Trek convention in the early ’90’s when during one of her panels she and her fellow guests started talking about Hollywood during the 50’s and 60’s – completely golden.

Sending A Wave sends their respective condolences to the Roddenberry family.

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