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Overview (5)

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA  (leukemia)
Birth NameMajel Leigh Hudec
Nickname The First Lady of Star Trek
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Majel Barrett was born on February 23, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Majel Leigh Hudec. She was an actress and producer, known for General Hospital (1963), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995). She was married to Gene Roddenberry. She died on December 18, 2008 in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Gene Roddenberry (29 December 1969 - 24 October 1991) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

The computer voice on the Star Trek television series and five of the Star Trek films

Trivia (16)

Majel and Gene had been lovers for years when he decided it was time to marry her and asked her to join him -- although he happened to be visiting Japan at the time. Gene did not adhere to any particular religion and since they were in Japan they chose to have a Shinto-Buddhist wedding on August 6, 1969. They regarded this as their real wedding, but his divorce was not yet final and they made it legal with a civil ceremony on December 29, 1969.
Mother of Rod Roddenberry
Is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (1966) (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)) and then in one of the spin-offs.
Along with Leonard Nimoy, she was one of only two actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
She was the only actor to appear in all five live-action "Star Trek" series (Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)). In addition to this, she supplied various voices on Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973).
Along with Joseph Ruskin, Clint Howard, Jack Donner and Vince Deadrick Sr., she was one of only five actors to appear in both Star Trek (1966) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Shortly before her death, she completed voice-over work as the voice of the Enterprise's main computer for J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) remake.
Stepmother of actress Dawn Roddenberry and Darleen Roddenberry-Bacha, who died on October 29, 1995 in a car accident.
In addition to her voice-over work, she also provided the voice of automated railroad-defect detectors for the Union Pacific and other railroads. Her voice can be heard on railroad radio channels throughout the nation.
Majel Barrett passed away on December 18, 2008, two months away from what would have been her 77th birthday on February 23, 2009.
Along with Leonard Nimoy, she was one of only two actors to have appeared on Star Trek in every decade from the 1960s until the 2000s.
Her grandson, Zale Eugene Roddenberry, was born on August 6, 2013, 10:40 p.m. PT, and weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Had played the mother of two Enterprise crew members. On Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973), she played Amanda Grayson, because Jane Wyatt was not available. She later played Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
Best known for her roles as Nurse Christine Chapel on the original Star Trek (1966) series and as Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
Attended and graduated from Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio (1950).
Attended and graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

Personal Quotes (11)

On Gene Roddenberry: Well, he was a very tall and imposing-looking man, first off. He was a very adamant man. He was also very kind and sweet. He had a lot of sides to him. Our life together was wonderful. It just didn't go on long enough. (September 2006)
On how Gene Roddenberry would have felt about digitally remastering all the Star Trek (1966) episodes: You know what? He wouldn't have been bothered by it at all. Gene did the best work he could at the time, but he was also all about the future. I think he'd have thought it was terrific that the show was being made to look better because of new technology. (September 2006)
What's nice is you know a Star Trek movie is still one that everybody wants. It remains Paramount's cash cow, so there's no danger of it going away anytime soon. (September 2006)
On what inspired Gene Roddenberry to create a television series set in space: It was the studio (Desilu) mainly. They wanted a show set in space. Gene wanted to do one that was more science fiction. So he decided to combine them both and see what happens. (September 2006)
On how Gene Roddenberry felt about Star Trek revival movies and the Next Generation series: He was never really satisfied with the way any of them came out. It was just his own frustration at wanting everything to be perfect. It was nothing against the people he worked with. (September 2006)
They [NBC] wanted a television show that had to do with science fiction and Gene Roddenberry didn't know anything about science fiction. He absolutely knew nothing. But he knew people and he was head writer for Have Gun - Will Travel (1957), and if you took those early Star Treks that we did and put us in a Western wardrobe and put us on wagon train going west, we can say the same lines. So he didn't bother to do science fiction, because he didn't know anything about it. Everybody accepted it. You put funny people in funny costumes and paint them green and we could talk about anything we wanted to, because that was the only thing that fascinated Gene about this particular genre. Censorship was so bad in those days, you couldn't talk about war, black-white situation, you couldn't even talk about mother love. We took Frank Gorshin and painted him half-black and half-white and his adversary [Lou Antonio] was half-white and half-black and put the two of them at each other and it got through the censors. They never realised that that was what was going on. Once it's up on the screen, it's too late and Gene got to talk about some of the problems that we had today that way. You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek (1966) and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in.
When we started out in '64... I was playing Number One, which was a woman second in command of a starship. Now that was innovative, but of course NBC got ahold of it and "You've got to get rid of the broad. No one will believe a woman second in control of a big starship." They said, "You've got to get rid of the guy with the ears 'cos he looks too Satanic." But the third thing was you've got to make it more men than women, because otherwise they're going to think there's a lot of hanky panky going on in the starship. Gene, realising that he was hitting his head against a wall, and realising what the mentality of the people who were making those decisions was, figured he would do in my case, although he knew it was going to break my heart, figured he would fight and keep the Spock character and marry the woman. So we all got basically what we wanted, and as far as the women are concerned, he figured that 30 good women could handle a crew of 300 anyway. So that's how we ended up with our crew.
Gene had a lot of close friends who helped him. Bob [Robert H. Justman] helped him. There's a name that has been around for ever because Bob was on other shows with him. Poor Gene L. Coon... I think we killed him. He died very, very early as a matter of fact... You'd give him a script overnight and he would bring back a shooting script the next morning. One that we could actually go up on the stage, point the camera, light the lights and say, "roll them". It was remarkable. I'd say if anybody was really closest to helping him put those out I would say is Gene Coon. There was a team around him. It was a great big team. Gene didn't do it all by himself, although for the first two years there wasn't one single script that got by. That's why the writers didn't like him that much, but there wasn't one script that got by without Gene's signature all over it.
I said wouldn't it be great - when Gene Roddenberry died if we could bury him in space. And that word just got around and people started to talk about it and one day they came and said, "Would you like to send Gene's ashes up?". I got to send a little vial of Gene's ashes up - I forget what mission it was, but Colonel Wetherby was the one who took them up as a piece of his personal property. Those guys are allowed two pounds each as they go up. So he took those little vial of ashes with him as part of his two pounds. We watched it on television, the launch, and of course the tears are coming down everybody's eyes, this is the way it was supposed to be. He's up there now going around every 90 minutes looking down saying, "What have you done to my show?".
We were doing tests out in Culver City, and when lunch came along, we had to go out for lunch and Leonard Nimoy had just had the ears put on and they were funny, he was funny with this green face and he had eyebrows that came out to here and the costume which were difficult to get in and out of, so we just put robes over them, and walked outside the lot in order to go get some lunch and of course cars [were] screeching to a halt and yelling things out to us. And so there's Leonard, he looks like a pointy-eared hobgoblin and we go into a restaurant and the whole place starts yelling and screaming because we looked so funny.
[William Ware Theiss's costumes were] just part of the fun, it really was, and he got very fancy. Gene loved to have beautiful women around and he loved to have beautiful women with no clothes, or as few clothes as he could possibly put them in, and Bill accommodated him in every way he could.

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