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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Majel Barrett Roddenberry, the widow of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry who nurtured the legacy of the seminal science fiction TV series after his death, has died. She was 76.

Roddenberry died of leukemia Thursday morning at her home in Bel-Air, said Sean Rossall, a family spokesman.

At Roddenberry's side were family friends and her son, Eugene Roddenberry Jr.

Roddenberry was involved in the "Star Trek" universe for more than four decades. She played the dark-haired Number One in the original pilot but metamorphosed into the blond, miniskirted Nurse Christine Chapel in the original 1966-69 show. She had smaller roles in all five of its television successors and many of the "Star Trek" movie incarnations, although she had little actual involvement in the productions.

She frequently was the voice of the ship's computer, and about two weeks ago she completed the same role for the upcoming J.J. Abrams movie "Star Trek," Rossall said.

Roddenberry also helped keep the franchise alive by inspiring fans and attended a major "Star Trek" convention each year, Rossall said.

"I think 'Star Trek' will always be her legacy," Rossall said.

"Star Trek" and its successors often focused on political and philosophical issues of the day. Roddenberry and her husband, who died in 1991, believed in creating "thoughtful entertainment" and were proud of the show and the passionate devotion of its fans, Rossall said.

"My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that 'Star Trek' fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away," her son said in a statement on the official Roddenberry Web site.

Born Majel Lee Hudec on Feb. 23, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio, Roddenberry began taking acting classes as a child. She had some stage roles and then in the late 1950s and 1960s had bit parts in a few movies and small roles in TV series, including "Leave It to Beaver" and "Bonanza."

She met her husband in 1964 during a guest role for a Marine Corps drama he produced called "The Lieutenant." That same year, she was cast in the pilot for the "Star Trek" series as the no-nonsense second-in-command. The pilot did not appeal to NBC executives and a second pilot was made, although portions of the original later showed up in a two-part episode called "The Menagerie."

The couple married in Japan in 1969 after "Star Trek" was canceled. After her husband's death, Roddenberry continued her involvement with the "Star Trek" franchise.

She also was the executive producer for two other TV science fiction series, "Andromeda" and "Earth: Final Conflict."

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press

Published in Los Angeles Times on Dec. 18, 2008.
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November 25, 2020
Grady youngblood
November 25, 2020
Grady youngblood
August 31, 2016
Thanks, Majel. You were an inspiration to millions of fans including me.
Tom Ackerson
July 1, 2016
Majel B. Roddenberry was a good actress in Star
Trek the series. I liked the part that she played as nurse who cared for Mr. Spock. I'm so glad that she continued with the Star Trek movies that have made many many people glad to see space the final frontier. Blessings to the Roddenberry family. EOT
San Antonio, Texas July 1, 2016
Esther O. Torres
July 2, 2015
Here it is July 2015 and all the reruns of Star Trek the series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyage still live as an example of how the world should be. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Roddenberry for contributions on film for the world.." -Harold Anthony Marshall Sr.(Little Rock, AR.)
June 15, 2015
Oh, Majel - Nothing has been said about your contribution to golf. I first met you back around 1975 at a golf tournament at Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. You were a great golfer and we became immediate friends - even rented a kayak together which tipped over almost drowning both of us (we were upside down and had trouble righting ourselves). I remember Gene coming our last evening where he showed "Star Trek Bloopers". So much fun. But, because of distance we never did get together again. I'm so sorry that I didn't get in touch - but your photos remind me so much of you. I still have many photos of us together plus the last night's celebration dinner with Gene. Now that I know you're gone, I miss you so.
Joan Procter
March 21, 2015
Mr. and Mrs. Roddenberry will both be missed not only were they creators of Star Trek they were great patrons of the Arts with a way of making one's spirit lift to that of the starts they wrote about. They shall be greatly missed but I know they shall always be together in the next life as they were in this one.
August 10, 2014
Thanks for being there and being an inspiration to us all! As a youngster in the mid sixties, I loved looking forward too seeing Star Trek on the television each week!
Dennis Lambert
June 2, 2014
David J Bhaltazhar Esq
December 30, 2013
Aileen Cockell
December 18, 2013
Thank you <3
August 21, 2013
I always remember sending you a fax on film makers yin gazdas visit looking over the Hutchison effect
Angels are always with you forever aim sad I did not meet you in person
John Hutchison
August 20, 2013
Your life enriched mine and many others around me. If I accomplish a fraction of what you've done, I will have lived a good life. Thank you for everything.
Jaysen Plowman
December 19, 2012
I'v always admired your work, enjoyed your insightful entertainment. You will be missed.
Joe Van Arsdall
December 18, 2012
What a wonderful life. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all.
D'Ann Van Arsdall
December 18, 2012
I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of your mother today. She was a breath of fresh air as Lwaxana & never failed to make me laugh. My husband & I grew up watching original Star Trek & we raised our son on all of it - the series, the movies...the legends. My mother died in March of 2009 but I have recordings of her singing so she is never really far from me. When I have a bad "missing mom" day I just pop in a tape & there she is. You will have that advantage now too - finding a channel showing something 'Roddenberry' isn't going to be hard - and there she'll be.
Again, my family's most sincere sympathies are with you and your family at this time.
Elizabeth, Tony & Jaymes Blake
January 30, 2012
I am looking forward to the launch of you and Gene into interstellar space in 2014. You both may have shed the mortal coil, but your work and imaginations for the human race shall live forever. Bon Voyage!
David Edney
January 2, 2012
Ms Roddenberry of the Creator Star Trek
of the Memory of Gene Roddenberry; STARTREK Tv & Movies will never die in
"Where No Man has Gone Before" There Both
of them in Heaven with God in Christ;
Forevermore Rejoiceing with the Lord.
Grady Youngblood
March 13, 2010
I met Ms. Roddenberry at a science fiction convention in Aurora, Colorado where she was appearing. She was very popular with the fans and was a complete joy to be with. I was on the Aurora Police Department at the time and was providing security at the STARCON. I found her interaction with fans refreshing . After she completed her part of the show on stage, answering questions from attendees, she would go into the hallway where a desk was set up and she would answer questions and sign autographs non stop. She told the crowd that the reason she got the job as the nurse on STAR TREK was that she slept with the producer, which always got a laugh out of the crowd. She was very unassuming and loved to talk to her fans.
I enjoyed being with her at the conventions.

Det Jim Weber
Aurora Colorado Police Department
Jim Weber
July 18, 2009
Being a fan since the beginning I have always love Majel I met her several times. Warm and kind she always had time to talk to fans she knew we loved her and she let us know it by loving us in return.

Star Trek will always be the reminder of that love and the message Gene wanted us all to hear is still as important today as it was 43 years ago.

Rest in peace dear lady our hearts go with you and Gene you will never be forgotten so long as we remember.
Donald Shackleford
May 24, 2009
Thank you !
Eric Giroux
March 13, 2009
I met Majel at the University of Miami in the early 1950's.
Her name back then was Majel Hudec. She was very
exotic looking and I was fascinsted by her name. I often
wondered what had happened to her. When her husband
died and I read his obituary, his widow was referred to as
the former Majel Hudec. I was absolutely certain she was
the same person I had met years ago. I thought how
fitting that she should have wound up married to such an
interesting man.

Vicki Kirkland
Vicki Kirkland
January 31, 2009
May she boldly go hand in hand with Gene into the vast universe that he so loved. Godspeed in 2009 when you are both sent into space to dwell among the stars.
Debbie (STMom) Samra
January 27, 2009
Majel Barrett Roddenberry will allways be in our hearts, as living memory of the greatest myth of the 20th Century: the 23th Century and beyond StzarFleet. A better world, a more human world, humanity's greatest dream, is what Majel leaves us, to cherish, and make it grow. May you rest in Peace, Majel!!!
Antonio Armando da Costa
January 20, 2009
Star Trek has always been a big part of my life and I think of the actors as a family. We have lost a member of that family with your passing, but our lives will be forever better since you were a part of them. You have been immortalized forever through the power of reruns and DVD's. We can still thrill to the adventures of Nurse Chapel, Lwaxana Troi and the Enterprise computer to our hearts content. But we will miss you! Your sharp wit and heartwarming stories made many a convention a memorable event.

"Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning..."
R. Bernard Ment
January 19, 2009
Angi Sargent
January 16, 2009
You were and always will be a consummate professional. From what I understand, you took many of the younger actors under wing and helped them stay balanced. To me, a man in the backwaters of Utah, it was nice to hear that you were truly an incredibly generous and nurturing presence in so many lives. Live long and prosper in the next step in our immortality.

All the best to your family
God Bless all of you
Robb Shell
January 6, 2009
hello, farewell...
eternally connected...
eternally embracing...
bob & maggi
January 6, 2009
I was blessed to be able to see Majel a few times at conventions. She was a awesome woman and the world and fans will sorely miss her.
Pearl Anderson
January 5, 2009
Godspeed Majel, your presence will be sorely missed.
Tony McLean
January 5, 2009
Majel will be deeply missed.There is definitely another star up in the heavens. I first met her back in 1989 at a convention in Wisconsin. The trip was a birthday/graduation gift from my parents. I was so thrilled to meet her, she was so personable and treated everyone like a good friend.
Kris Bertrand
January 4, 2009
Realmente una gran perdida para todos los que de alguna forma la conociamos y admirabamos su trabajo. Fue solo el dia de hoy que me entere de su fallecimiento. Mis condolencias a sus amigos y familiares. Es un dia muy triste para todos. QEPD.
January 4, 2009
I enjoy her and her husband did great Star Trek show... My favorite show was the original series and the next generation ... I enjoy watching her on Star Trek ... Memory of her and her husband Gene... Live and Prosper ...
January 1, 2009
Majel is such a beautiful person and added a wonderful spark to each Star Trek personality she portrayed. We will miss her terribly. 1st star to the right, Majel, and straight on till morning.
Michael Piambino
January 1, 2009
Majel Barrett Roddenberry has gone were no woman has gone before.
Another Star Trek icon that will fly high among the great Stars in an infinite universe.
Renzo Mottino
December 31, 2008
I never knew your parents...I was/am just a Star Trek fan..but I just found out that your mother passed sympathy for your loss. Both your parents were amazingly talented people...
Bernadette Defreitas
December 30, 2008
Gene...I know Majel will be terribly missed by you and all her Star Trek fans. She was a steadfast icon to the whole Star Trek Community. My heart goes out to you and all your family.
Joe Santacroce
December 28, 2008
A lovely woman who will be sorely missed. I grew up with Star Trek and one of the great treats of my life was a brief email correspondence with Ms. Roddenberry around the time Earth: Final Conflict was airing. She was kind and generous and a great deal of the credit for keeping the Star Trek franchise (and dream) alive is hers. I hope her spirit endlessly flies around the cosmos along with Gene's, as they actually get to see the reality of what they so long only imagined.
Cathi Iuliano
December 26, 2008
I would like to express my deepest sympathy and condolences to the Roddenberry family. I am deeply sorrowed to hear about Majel. Majel you will always live in our hearts and memories forever.
Roxanne Hernandez, Star Trek Fan
December 25, 2008
My condolences to Majel's family. She was a beautiful lady and a talented actress. She added a lot to Star Trek, and we mourn her passing.

From Star Trek Fans
Philip and Brenda Scott
December 25, 2008
We grew up watching star trek, which was pretty much a household "staple" back in the day. Majel will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. May the family find peace in the comfort that only God can give.
Jackson Family
December 24, 2008
She helped to take us where no one had gone before, and was the fiery, maternal, crazy-aunt of a driving spirit behind all of "Trek" that we have all loved for so many years. As a fan that only was fortunate enough to meet her but once, I can only wish we had more time. Fare thee well, dear Mrs. R. May the Great Bird of the Galaxy bless you and be with you always. May you rest in each others' arms in the great beyond.
Daniel J. Kostelec
December 24, 2008
From Majel we learned how to be strong and independently thinking women. She did everything on her terms with grace and class. She will be deeply missed
December 24, 2008
To one of the finest ladies whom I have had the priviledge of knowing through her work in front of the camera and behind the scenes to keep the "Spirit of Trek" and her soul-mate Gene alive for us now and in the future. We will always remember "the voice" and the lady.
Fronza Gould
December 23, 2008
Sorry to hear of Majel's passing. It will be the end of an era.
Irene Adams
December 23, 2008
Brint Montgomery
I have watched the various Star Trek episodes since even before I can remember. My mother would say I'd sit in front of the show in the 60s and push buttons on a tiny toy phone. Majel's voice as the various computers in all those Trek episodes from then until even next year is as ensconced into me as my own mother's. My condolences to her family, but my thanks for a life well-spent.
Brint Montgomery
December 23, 2008
Farewell to the Auntie Mame of the Alpha Quadrant -- a classy lady who brightened our TV screens for over forty years. It'll be with bittersweet fondness that we'll hear you once more as the Enterprise computer's voice in the upcoming movie. Deepest condolences to your family, friends and fans.
John Hall
December 23, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 23, 2008
This message for Eugene Jr. and the entire family of Majel Barrett Roddenberry. We loved and respected your mother so much. She was such an important part of our lives quite literally a day did not go by that the Star Trek franchise was not on my television. Her creative force, her love for us her fans, for you her family will always be felt for as long as fans of Star Trek may live. I cannot believe she is gone and was pained to learn that she passed away from leukemia. May we find a cure for this terrible disease. Thank you Majel for making our lives more interesting, more entertaining and for making us think. All our love to you from us her fans.
Kevin Handy
December 23, 2008
May you have eternal happiness as you join your beloved husband Gene in eternity!

God bless you -- in this life and in the next!
December 23, 2008
I have been a fan of Star Trek in all its variations since the beginning. Majel was wonderful as Nurse Chappel and as Deanna Troi's mother. My deepest sympathies to your family.
Denise Elston
December 23, 2008
Space, the final frontier has a new star. Light our way.
December 22, 2008
Majel will be missed by all of us who grew up with the Star Trek series. I have been a fan from the begining and I have enjoyed watching her. Deepest sympathies to her family, I pray you will find peace in this time of need. Majel and Gene are together exploring the universe now for all time.

Anna Chaput
Anna Chaput
December 22, 2008
MISS HER. MY E-MAIL IS: shellhammerd@

darlene shellhammer
December 22, 2008
Mark & Sally Ammons Harrisburg PA
I am sorry to hear that she gone I was so shocked to read in the news paper of this but the great thing is knowing that she has gone to be with her Husband Gene the 2 of them will be missed but they will live forever in the minds of every Star Trek fan out there We Love You And Miss You Both
Mark Ammons
December 22, 2008
Majel was wonderful on Star Trek and I appreciated how loyal she was to the series and kept it going. She will truly be missed and now is part of the universe and can see all the wonderful sites there are to be seen. Deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
Anne Glock
December 22, 2008
All my condolences may she truely see the wonders of the univerce for all time
Brett Martin
December 22, 2008
December 22, 2008
She was an amazing lady and a great actor. My condolences to her family.
Brandon Case
December 22, 2008
Our entire family are huge fans of both Mr. and Mrs. Roddenberry...God speed to you. We will keep the entire family in our thoughts and prayers; it is the least we can do considering all the good you have done for us in sharing your parents with us and the rest of the world.
English Family
December 22, 2008
Her amazing work as an actress and producer will always be remembered with love by all who watch. My deepest sympathies to her friends and family.
Deborah Jack
December 21, 2008
I met you only once at a convention and was impressed. Good by to such a lovely lady, may the stars now be yours.
Charlotte Pohle
December 21, 2008
She will be greatly missed. I enjoyed watching her on all the Star Trek episodes and laughed many a time. Rest in peace.
Mary Maack
December 21, 2008
Truly a great loss to the Star Trek family and indeed the universe of science fiction fans. A wonderful ambassador of Gene's original visions, she was both beautiful and talented, as well as an obviously effective business woman. She will be missed.....RO Novi Michigan
Ron Oden
December 21, 2008
I loved Star Trek, and your various characters.

Rest in peace.

Darla in southern IL
December 21, 2008
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
December 21, 2008
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Majel Barrett Roddenberry. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in your time of sorrow. I have been a long time fan of Star Trek and will miss her very much. God bless.
Angela Guenther
December 21, 2008
a very classy lady and one who will be missed quite greatly! brings a smile to my face to think about her and tears to my eyes to think i will never get the chance to see her or hear her again....
Abel Ramos
December 21, 2008
My condolences to Gene Jr. on the passing of his mother.

We, as Trekkies or Trekkers, will all miss her.

But I try not to think of it as a loss. Just that another member of the Star Trek family has been freed from her earth-bound shackles, launching her spirit into the universe. She now joins the Great Bird of the Galaxy on the ultimate Star Trek.
December 21, 2008
Blessings and love and light to your precious family, whom survive you. May the heavens rejoice in welcoming Majel to it's eternal estate, to be joined with her beloved Gene, and all others before her, from the series, and their own lives!
catherine duzynski
December 20, 2008
my god be with you
kenneth battle
December 20, 2008
as others have already said...the enterprise has lost her voice. i think star trek is truly dead now...with both gene & majel gone.....& so many good eps & shows by them both....
meri K
December 20, 2008
Gracias por todo y buena suerte en este viaje.
Rosa Jardí
December 20, 2008
I am deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the passing of this great actress. Star Trek and all of the wonderful adventures have been a part of my life since it's original release in 1966.

I just recently read Gene Roddenberry's biography and learned so much more about this fascinating and incredibly intelligent man, and articulate couple of Gene and Majel Roddenberry.

Thank you for sharing yourself and talents with us through Star Trek all these years.

With sincerest sympathies,

R. A. Dea
R. A. Dea
December 20, 2008
I was so surprised and saddened to hear this.
My late husband and I loved 'StarTrek' and really were glad when Mrs R. continued the storyline. Thank you for the years of 'traveling through space', without leaving our living room.

May G_D bless you, and heartfelt condolences to your family.
Kat Shotz
December 20, 2008
Rest in Peace.........
Wayne and Lisa Wells
December 20, 2008

God Speed....Warp speed ahead to Heaven.
Catherine Barrett
December 20, 2008
December 20, 2008
Bhaltazhar & I always enjoyed our planetary travels together with you and the Enterprise Crew.
Patricia A Jublikhan PC
December 20, 2008
Richard H. Herrick
December 20, 2008
May you rest in peace ...Nurse Chapel! Say hi to Bones. And Scotty. And of course, Gene Roddenberry. Majel Barrett Roddenberry will really be missed but the roles she played on all the Star Trek shows will always live on. I really enjoyed when she played as Deanna Troi's mother on Star Trek: TNG and also as the computer voice. God be with her surviving family and may you be comforted at this time of your loss. She left a great legacy to all.
Terry Van Wormer
December 20, 2008
Rest in peace.
Henryk Zaleski
December 20, 2008
Majel you are a new star in the galaxy tonight. Glow on as you did for us for so many years.
Charlie Barrett
December 19, 2008
Dear Majel Roddenberry,Thank-You for all the great memories and being such a great person!!May God be with your family at this time.
Rebecca Routson
December 19, 2008
I'm at a loss for words....You are with Gene condolences to the family.
Pete Leach
December 19, 2008
I'm sorry to hear of Mrs. Roddenberry's passing. She was a wonderful lady - true to Gene's vision. I had the opporitunity to meet this wonderful lady at the Las Vegas convention this past August. She carried on her husband's vision after his death. Her memory lives in our hearts and on screen. My thoughts go to Rod and the Roddenberry family.
Paul Michael Adams
December 19, 2008
Rest in peace Majel, you were great as nurse Chapel.Thanks for being a part of Star Trek.
louis carwell
December 19, 2008
I am stunned and saddened that another brilliant beautiful person has left us earth-bound. She and Gene can now soar among those stars and far reaching galaxies and fulfill their dreams. I remember her from the beginning and always thought she was a true lady of class. It was so wonderful that she was Deanna Troi's mother. Because only she could reach into the stars for a woman of such stature. I always knew when she was on the show, something was going to happen. She was not a dull, boring lady. I will always remember when she had to help Worf's son deal with his new life. The time in the mud bath. Thanks so much for the memories and all that you have left us. My heart and prayers go out to the family and other loved ones of Majel at this time of great loss. Know that she touched many and helped many. She has reached her star! God bless her.
Michele Cooke
December 19, 2008
Mrs. Roddenberry was always a recognizable character on the original Star Trek series and a contributor to the field of science fiction and to family above all. May she rest in peace.

Douglas S
West Roxbury, MA
Doug Sawan
December 19, 2008
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
December 19, 2008
December 19, 2008
What a wonderful legacy you left your family and the world. Thank you for all of your continuing efforts and love in keeping the theme and message of Star Trek. My family still watches the series.
My sincere condolences to Mrs. Roddenberry's family and friends.
Christine S.
December 19, 2008
Thank you for everything Majel, may you rest in peace. Now you're with Gene again...may you both look down upon future Star Trek incarnations with love and approval.
Christina C
December 19, 2008
I do believe that your television show is a glimpse of the future as time and space travel become a reality.
Thank you for the memories.
David J Bhaltazhar Esq
December 19, 2008
I am truly saddened today upon learning of Ms. Majel Barrett Roddenberry's death. I have been one of the biggest Star Trek fans for most of my life. I first learned of the show after it was in syndication but my Grandmother said, "You've seen that show before. Remember? You and I used to watch that show about the ship in outer space when you were little" so I guess I did see it when it was first on TV. It was years before I realized the first 'Number One' with black hair was the same person as Nurse Chapel. Then I was amazed to learn that Ms. Barrett-Roddenberry was the ONLY person to appear on EVERY Star Trek series and she was the computer voice in TNG and Voyager and more. What a timeless honor! I am so proud for her to have been such a large part of such a HUGE piece of history and of Americana - Star Trek! That show is directly responsible for MANY of the conveniences we now enjoy. People don't realize how much of an effect Star Trek has had on their lives. Just think of the automatic doors at the grocery store or the flip-phones in your pockets (or even cell phones themselves). Mr. & Mrs. Roddenberry had the vision and planted the seeds into the minds of inventors and they took root. How many scientists have you heard in an interview about their accomplishments compare their work to something like they saw on Star Trek? They saw it on Star Trek when they were a child and spent the better part of their life making it come to life. I truly cannot imagine how different our culture, life and Planet would be if we had never known Star Trek and Mrs. Majel Barrett Roddenberry. Thank you my dear friend, Mrs. Majel Barrett Roddenberry, for truly making a difference and making My life better and thank you for making the World a much better place for us all to live in. That sounds like an exaggeration but it is as true as anything I know! God Bless your Soul Majel Barrett Roddenberry!
Bob Beddingfield - Houston, TX
Bob Beddingfield
December 19, 2008
Thanks for keeping the legacy alive sweet Majel. Live long and prosper in your new home.
Jimmy Earsing
December 19, 2008
Well done. Our thanks, thoughts, and prayers are with the family.
Michael Bryant
December 19, 2008
she and her husband have left a legacy never to be duplicated. she will be sorrowfully missed in my home.
gay foster
December 19, 2008
I am so sad to hear of Mrs. Ronddenberry's death. I loved watching her in Star Trek TNG, Star Trek Deep Space Nine, I don't remember but I don't think she played as anybody on Voyager or Enterprise, except for the computer. My prayers are with the family and friends that knew her well. She is in a far better place now. She is with her beloved husband. May the Lord bless her family anmd friends in their time of need!!! In Jesus name Amen!!!
Carl Staton
December 19, 2008
Majel will be deeply missed. I think my favorite character she played was the mind-reading mother on The Next Generation - she obviously enjoyed the role. I'm glad she'll still be the voice of the computer on the latest movie. My condolences to the family.
Joy Bailey
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