Anyone even remotely aware of the original Star Trek series and the six movies it spawned know that Spock, the Vulcan first officer of the Starship Enterprise for 40 years, had a Vulcan dad and a human mother named Amanda.
The role was played by the great dame of TV, Jane Wyatt for every appearance that Amanda made on the small and silver screen. Wyatt was the winner of 3 Emmy Awards over the course of her long television career, all for her role as the caring and intelligent 1950’s mother in “Father Knows Best.” Wyatt first appeared as Amanda in the 1967 Star Trek episode “Journey to Babel” and reprised the role in the 1986 Trek film “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.” Although she had limited camera time, her performance as Spock’s mom left an indelible mark that permeated the entire history of Trek. One cannot think of Spock without remembering his father Sarek (Mark Lenard) and Jane Wyatt. She died last year at the age of 85.
J.J. Abrams will be including Spock’s mom in the new prequel Trek film due out on Christmas Day 2008 and has cast Golden Globe winning actress Winona Ryder to play Amanda. Spock is being portrayed by “Heroes” star Zachary Quinto (Sylar).