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'Star Trek' Then & Now

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NOW: Grace Lee Whitney (1930-2015)

In addition to acting, Whitney was best known as the original mermaid for Chicken of the Sea tuna ad campaign. After her mysterious departure from the series, Whitney was invited to reprise the role of Janice Rand in 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." She went on to appear in four more "Star Trek" installments. Whitney died on May 1, 2015 at the age of 85 of natural causes. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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