First Lady of Star Trek, Memorialized On Earth

Still feeling strange tremors from my grandmother’s passing, especially today. I reported on the burial of Star Trek‘s Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, wife of creator Gene Roddenberry for Wired, which felt weird as it was my grandmother who introduced me to the show, along with several other awesome programs, from Doctor Who and The Twilight Zone to The Prisoner and onward.

What is it they say about serendipity?

First Lady of Star Trek Memorialized in L.A.

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, spouse of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, was buried Sunday inside the Hall of Liberty at famed Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills.

The exuberant actress, who played nurse Christine Chapel (pictured above, right) in the original series and Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, died in December of leukemia at the age of 76, just weeks after lending her voice as the ship’s computer in the forthcoming J.J. Abrams-helmed Trek feature film.

She was informally known as the “First Lady of Star Trek” to Trekkies worldwide.


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