Star Trek Pin-up #35 FRAMED Majel Barrett Lwuxana


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Lwaxana Troi was a Betazoid Federation ambassador and mother of Deanna Troi. She was one of the more colorful Federation diplomats, having led a life of both flamboyance and tragedy.

Lwaxana had a larger-than-life and extremely flirtatious persona, which caused severe friction with and embarrassment to her daughter Deanna, of whom she tended to be extremely overprotective.

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (23 February 1932 – 18 December 2008; age 76) was a recurring actress in the Star Trek franchise and was the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry from 1969 until his death in 1991. This association with Roddenberry and his most famous creation has earned Barrett the title “The First Lady of Star Trek.”

Barrett was the only performer to have had a role on all of the Star Trek series – usually not as a character but as the voice of the various computers used throughout the series. She also supplied the voice of the Enterprise computer in five of the Star Trek films- spanning all three film series (Original Series, The Next Generation Series, and the Alternate Reality Series).

Her most frequent portrayal in Star Trek, besides the computer, was that of Nurse (later Doctor) Christine Chapel on Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, and in two of the films. She also voiced M’Ress and several other characters on The Animated Series and later played Betazoid Ambassador Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Her first filmed appearance was in Star Trek: The Original Series pilot episode “The Cage” as Number One.

Barrett first met Gene Roddenberry in 1961. In late 1963, she was cast in an episode of his Marine Corps drama, The Lieutenant, which starred Gary Lockwood. Incidentally, the episode in which Barrett appeared – titled “In the Highest Tradition” – also featured future TOS regular Leonard Nimoy. In addition, the episode was directed by Marc Daniels, who later directed 15 episodes of TOS.

Barrett’s relationship with Roddenberry, who was married and had two children, developed into her becoming his mistress. She later remembered, “We weren’t lovers at the very beginning, that sort of developed after we’d become friends.” Barrett had doubts that Roddenberry was ready to end his marriage. “Up until Gene actually left his wife, I really couldn’t anticipate spending my life with him,” she explained. “I felt I would spend the rest of my life loving him, but not necessarily with him.”

In 1964, Roddenberry began developing “The Cage”, which became the first of two pilots for Star Trek. Roddenberry selected Barrett to portray Number One, the first officer and helm officer of the Enterprise under Captain Christopher Pike (played by Jeffrey Hunter). The role was specifically written for Barrett from the start. (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One) Barrett filmed her scenes between Monday 30 November 1964 and Thursday 3 December 1964, Tuesday 8 December 1964 and Wednesday 9 December 1964, Wednesday 16 December 1964 and Thursday 17 December 1964 at Desilu Culver Stage 15 and 16.

NBC ultimately rejected “The Cage,” but they gaveRoddenberry the chance to produce a second pilot. However, the network asked that he drop both the devilish-looking Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) and Barrett’s Number One character, asserting that audiences would never accept a woman being second-in-command of a ship. Roddenberry insisted on keeping Spock but agreed to drop Number One. Barrett jokingly stated that Roddenberry “kept the Vulcan and married the woman, ’cause he didn’t think Leonard Nimoy would have it the other way around.”

Although her character was dropped from the second pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, after Star Trek was picked up as a series, Barrett was given the role of Nurse Christine Chapel in the episode ” The Naked Time”. Because the network did not like her role in “The Cage”, Barrett donned a blond wig for her role and went by the name “Majel Barrett” rather than “M. Leigh Hudec,” as she had done for “The Menagerie.” In total, Barrett was featured as Nurse Chapel in twenty-five of the seventy-nine episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, from the first season’s “The Naked Time” to the last episode of the series, “Turnabout Intruder”. She also supplied the voice of the USS Enterprise’s computer in several episodes of the series.

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