Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death 18 Dec 2008 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 32267573 · View Source
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Actress. Born Majel Leigh Hudec in in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended her first acting class at the age of 10, and made her stage debut a decade later, in a Boston production of 'Models By Season.' She made her film debut in an uncredited role in 1957's 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?' and broke into television two years later with a role as a nurse in the series 'Whirlybirds.' In the early 1960s, she appeared on stage often at the Pasadena Playhouse, and appeared on television in guest roles on 'The Untouchables,' 'Bonanza,' 'The Lucy Show,' and Gene Roddenberry's first series, a Marine Corps drama called 'The Lieutenant,' when she met her future husband. Three years later, for the pilot for his second series, 'Star Trek,' Roddenberry cast her as the first officer of a starship. Both the network and, surprisingly, women in the audience objected to a woman as second-in-command. In the reworking of the pilot, she went blonde and her character became the head nurse, Christine Chapel, under the chief medical officer, who harbored an unrequited infatuation with the first officer. She and Roddenberry married in Japan in a Shinto-Buddhist wedding in August 1969 shortly after the series was canceled. She appeared in small support roles in such feature films as 'A Guide for the Married Man' (1967), 'Westworld' (1973), and 'The Domino Principle' (1977), but the bulk of her career was tied to Star Trek. After the revival of the franchise, she spoke for the ships' computers in every 'Star Trek' series except 'Enterprise,' and was to create a second recurring character in the same universe that had been home to Christine Chapel – Lwaxana Troi. She was the only actor to appear in all five 'Star Trek' live action series: 'Star Trek' 1966 to 1969; 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' 1987 to 1994; 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' 1993 to 1999; 'Star Trek: Voyager' 1995 to 2001; 'Star Trek: Enterprise' 2001 to 2005 and also supplied various voices for 'Star Trek: The Animated Series' in 1973. She was also a regular participant at 'Star Trek' conventions. In 1996, she guest starred on another cult sci-fi series, 'Babylon 5,' and then produced the television programs 'Earth: Final Conflict,' in which she also appeared (1997 to 2002), and another series, 'Andromeda,' which ran from 2000 to 2005. She continued to provide the voice of Starfleet computers through the 'Star Trek' film franchise, and for numerous video games such as 'Star Trek:Borg' (1996) and 'Star Trek Online' (2010). She completed the same role for the reboot movie 'Star Trek' (2009) shortly before her death.

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  • Originally Created by: nWoQ
  • Added: 18 Dec 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32267573
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