Majel Barrett Roddenberry who played Nurse Chapel on classic “Star Trek” and Lwaxana Troi on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” has passed away at the age of 76 according to the Associated Press.Â Roddenberry was the widow of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry,Â died Thursday of leukemia at her home in Bel-Air, Calif., her representative said.
According to reports, she was surrounded by her family friends and her only son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr. Gene Roddenberry died in 1991.
Roddenberry was cast as the original Number One in the pilot of “Star Trek”, “The Cage.”Â When NBC wanted the series retooled, Barrett Roddenberry’s character was one of those written out of the series, but the actress returned to play Nurse Chapel, who harbored a crush on the Vulcan, Mr. Spock.Â Roddenberry also served as the computer voice for each starship named Enterprise in “Star Trek” and all of its spin-offs.Â We will have news on this week’s show about Roddenberry’s continued involvement in that role in the upcoming J.J. Abrams reboot.
Her romance with Roddenberry earned her the title The First Lady of “Star Trek”.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roddenberry family during this time.