Majel Barrett Roddenberry - RIP - dead at 76

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    Dec 20, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
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    By Dennis McLellan
    December 19, 2008

    Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry and an actress whose longtime association with the "Star Trek" franchise included playing Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series, died early Thursday morning. She was 76.

    Roddenberry died at her home in Bel-Air after a battle with leukemia, said family spokesman Sean Rossall.

    "She was a valiant lady," Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on "Star Trek," told The Times. "She worked hard, she was straightforward, she was dedicated to 'Star Trek' and Gene, and a lot of people thought very highly of her."

    Once dubbed "The First Lady of 'Trek' " by the Chicago Tribune, Majel (sounds like Mabel) Barrett Roddenberry was associated with "Star Trek" from the beginning.

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    Dec 20, 2008 12:32 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear this. I met Gene Roddenberry a few times, in the 1970s when he was trying to revive Star Trek by raising interest in doing the first movie, but I never met his wife. I wonder if her ashes will be sent into space like his?
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    Dec 20, 2008 12:57 AM GMT
    I had the privilege of interviewing her for television some years ago. She was a very nice lady. Very sorry to hear this news.
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    Dec 20, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    I too interviewed her for a TV show some years back (I am a DP/Cameraman in Broadcast) and remember her fondly.
    Although it is sad she is gone, what a wonderful legacy she and her husband leave for the all of us!

    Rest in Peace.


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    Dec 20, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    TallGWMvballer saidI too interviewed her for a TV show some years back (I am a DP/Cameraman in Broadcast) and remember her fondly.
    Although it is sad she is gone, what a wonderful legacy she and her husband leave for the all of us!

    Rest in Peace.


    I wonder if she got to see any or all of the new movie coming out? She's supposed to play the computer voice in this one, too.
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    Lwaxana Troi died? Will her funeral be all nude?
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    Dec 20, 2008 4:29 AM GMT
    Thank you 1969r... a fitting tribute.
    I heard this and the geek in me cried.

    RIP.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:49 AM GMT
    Oh my god I can't believe. She was such a good actress! She will be very much missed!
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    Dec 20, 2008 7:34 AM GMT
    I'm glad I'm not the only to be saddened by the news.