The First Lady of Star Trek, Majel Roddenberry, dies

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, wife of the late Gene Roddenberry and Deanna Troi’s mother on Star Trek The Next Generation died of Leukemia at the age of 76.  Ms. Roddenberry became the keeper, so to speak, of things Trek when her husband died in 1991.  She was a regular part of the Star Trek universe since she debuted on the original show playing a character named ‘Number 1’ in the original pilot ‘The Cage.’  Much of the original pilot was left on the cutting room floor, including the ‘Number 1’ character (which later resurfaced as a man on the Next Generation) but the actress was retained.  She took on the recurring character of Nurse Christine Chapel. She also did duty as the voice of the Enterprise computer-a role she carried on in all of the movies-including the not yet released film-and most of the television shows.  Her voice talents were utilized in the animated show as well. She is survived by a son, Eugene Roddenberry, Jr.

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