Thursday, December 18, 2008

Majel Roddenberry, voice of Star Trek computer has died

From E! Online:

Majel Barrett Roddenberry might have rated a Federation command. As it was, she helped rule the Star Trek universe.

Roddenberry, the actress whose best-known role was the wife and, later, widow of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died today at her Bel Air, Calif., home, said. The reported cause of death was leukemia.

Billed through much of her acting career as Majel Barrett, the dark-haired Roddenberry played Dr. McCoy's blonde, beehived assistant, Nurse Chapel, on the original 1966-69 Trek series. She also supplied the voice of the USS Enterprise's computer—a service she continued to provide through the franchise's various offshoots, including J.J. Abrams' upcoming big-screen reboot, Star Trek.

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