Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was quite an important part of the Star Trek universe. Not only was she an actress who appeared in the original series, four television spinoffs and most of the films in one capacity or another, she married series creator Gene Roddenberry.
Roddenberry has passed away at age 76 from leukemia.
She played the role of the second-in-command of the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original pilot for the series, which was filmed in 1966. That role eventually went to Leonard Nimoy, but Barrett stuck around, appearing as Nurse Christine Chapel.
She had just completed work on J.J. Abrams’ new ‘Trek’ movie in which she will reprise her long-time role as the voice of the computer system aboard the Enterprise.
I met Roddenberry in person in 1997 when she was involved in helping sell the series Earth: Final Conflict to local television stations. After the presentation, there was a short time for everyone to mingle, and I found myself talking to her about ‘Trek’ and what was to come from this new show that her husband had written outlines for years before his death in 1991.
She struck me as very warm and friendly, and greatly appreciative of anyone who had any love or respect for her late husband’s creations.
To put it another way, she was exactly what you’d expect the “mother” of Star Trek to be.