RIP Majel Barret

NEW YORK—Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry, has died. She was 76. Roddenberry, an actress who appeared in numerous “Star Trek” TV shows and movies, died Thursday of leukemia at her home in Bel-Air, Calif., her representative said.

At Roddenberry’s side were family friends and her only son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr. Gene Roddenberry died in 1991.

Her romance with Roddenberry earned her the title “The First Lady of Star Trek.” A fixture in the “Star Trek” franchise, her roles included Nurse Christine Chapel in the original “Star Trek,” Lwaxana Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the voice of the USS Enterprise computer in almost every spin-off of the 1966 cult series. She recently reprised the voice role in the upcoming “Star Trek” film directed by J.J. Abrams.


  1. It seems that a lot of celebs are dying the last few weeks. More than usual. Or is it that so many of our childhood icons who were so much older than us just got too old? Christ…I remember when we only had 6 channels to choose from on the telly (unless you lived behind a mountain), had never even heard of “cable” TV and had to use my fingers for arithmatic because pocket calculators had not been invented yet.

  2. We are old, my friend. Our icons were a generation or two ahead of us, so they are circling the drain.

    It’s a rollercoaster ride and we’re all strapped in tight. That’s the thought that goes through my mind when I hear about a friend or loved one losing their parent(s) or – Bob forbid – one of us bites the big one.
    “Here we go…!”
    Nothing to do but ride the ride until it stops.

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