RIP: Majel Barrett Roddenberry

Majel Barrett Roddenberry, widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, passed away today at the age of 76.

She had just recently finished voice work for the new STAR TREK movie, reprising her role as the voice of the ship’s computer.

In the original series, she played Nurse Chapel, as well as Number One in the original Star Trek pilot, “The Cage.”

As the news is just hitting the wires, this will likely be expanded later tonight and tomorrow.

Posted by Mark Coale


  1. says

    Don’t forget, she also executive produced Earth: Final Conflict ( of which Howard Chaykin used to write for ) and Andromeda.

    Sam Bottoms also passed away today.



  2. Torsten Adair says

    She was also a recurring character on The Next Generation, playing Deana Troi’s mother.

  3. Tijmen says

    Oh noes! L’waxanna Troi…dead? Damn. That was no fine acting or anything, but I liked the sense of legacy she represented and…and nothing basically, it’s just a weird thought she’s dead.

  4. Jeffrey O. Gustafson says

    She also played a brief, but pivotal role in one of the most important episodes of the great JMS series BABYLON 5, “Point of No Return”… At the time there was a growing rift between Trekkers and B5 fans, and her participation in the episode helped close the divide, if only by a little bit. (The role she played in the episode, a powerful prophet, was appropriate for someone of her stature within sci-fi fandom.)

    I cannot imagine anyone else doing the voice of the computer in the Trek-verse, and was delighted to find out she would be lending her talents to the new movie. She will be missed.

  5. Ken says

    She was really pretty good on ST. She had probably the most minor of roles out of all the regulars and yet Nurse Chapel’s pining for Spock was one of the most examined relationships on the show. We really only knew two things about the crew’s interpersonal dynamic: that Kirk liked the yeoman and Nurse Chapel loved Spock. They never really went into who Sulu or McCoy liked, if anyone. That’s a shame about her. RIP.

  6. says

    Majel Barrett Roddenberry was absolutely brilliant as Lwaxana Troi and will be deeply missed. I had the pleasure of meeting her way back in the day in 1988 at the International Superman Exposition in Cleveland and you couldn’t find a more gracious and charming lady.

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