Thursday, December 18, 2008

Aw, Damn!

This is a sad day for Star Trek fans.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, actress and wife of legendary Start Trek creator, the late Gene Roddenberry, passed away today at the age of 76 due to complications with leukemia.

Affectionately dubbed the "First Lady of Star Trek" by adoring fans, Majel Barrett appeared in the original Star Trek series in the late 60s. But many fans remember her best as the loud and eccentric Lwaxana Troi, mother of Counselor Deanna Troi, a reoccurring character on the hit spinoff, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Her last involvement with her husband's franchise before her death was as the voice behind the ship's computer in J. J. Abram's upcoming feature film prequel, Star Trek.

Her character on "Generation" was always grating to me, but she played the role exactly as was required, and then took it a bit further. She was definitely a talented actress, and I can't deny she was an integral anchor to the Trek universe -- both on the camera and behind it. She will be sorely missed.

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