Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the voice of Star Trek, and widow to the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, has died from leukemia at her home in Bel-Air, California. She was 76.
Barrett appeared in the Star Trek pilot as the Enterprise’s first officer, referred to simply as “Number One.” When the pilot was retooled, her part was dropped, but she eventually returned in a new role as the blonde Nurse Chapel, a solid professional with a weakness for the unemotional Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock.
Always a fan favorite, Barrett parlayed the role into many memorable guest appearances as empathic siren Lwaxana Troi, on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Majel Barrett’s acting career spanned six decades, including turns on early TV hits The Lucy Show, Leave it to Beaver and The Untouchables. But she will be forever remembered as the sexy, authoritative voice of the Enterprise computer and narrator for all two-part episodes written throughout the entire Star Trek universe.
Her legacy will continue as J.J. Abrams unveils his vision for the Star Trek future when the next film in the series opens in 2009.
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry is survived by her son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr.