Majel Barrett filmography and biography
Date of birth: 23 February 1932, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Date of death: 18 December 2008, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, USA (leukemia)
Majel Barrett trivia
- Majel and Gene had been lovers for years when he decided it was time to marry her and asked her to join him -- although he happened to be visiting Japan at the time. Gene did not adhere to any particular religion and since they were in Japan they chose to have a Shinto-Buddhist wedding on 6 August 1969. They regarded this as their real wedding, but his divorce was not yet final and they made it legal with a civil ceremony on 29 December 1969.
- Mother of Rod Roddenberry
- Is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and then in one of the spin-offs.
- Along with Leonard Nimoy, she is one of only two actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the original Star Trek series.
- She is the only actor to appear in all five live-action "Star Trek" series (Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Enterprise). In addition to this, she supplied various voices in Star Trek.
- Along with Joseph Ruskin, Clint Howard, and Jack Donner, she is one of only four actors to appear in both Star Trek and Enterprise.
- Shortly before her death, she completed voiceover work as the voice of the Enterprise's main computer for J.J. Abrams's upcoming Star Trek.
- Stepmother of actress Dawn Roddenberry and Darleen Roddenberry-Bacha, who died on 29-Oct-1995 in a car accident.
- In addition to her voiceover work, she also provided the voice of automated railroad-defect detectors for the Union Pacific and other railroads. Her voice can be heard on railroad radio channels throughout the nation.
- Along with Leonard Nimoy, she was one of only two actors to have appeared in "Star Trek" in every decade from the 1960s to the 2000s.
Majel Barrett quotes
- About Gene Roddenberry: "Well, he was a very tall and imposing-looking man, first off. He was a very adamant man. He was also very kind and sweet. He had a lot of sides to him. Our life together was wonderful. It just didn't go on long enough." (September 2006)
- On how Gene Roddenberry would have felt about digitally remastering all the Star Trek episodes: "You know what? He wouldn't have been bothered by it at all. Gene did the best work he could at the time, but he was also all about the future. I think he'd have thought it was terrific that the show was being made to look better because of new technology" (September 2006).
- "What's nice is you know a "Star Trek" movie is still one that everybody wants. It remains Paramount's cash cow, so there's no danger of it going away anytime soon." (September 2006)
- On what inspired Gene Roddenberry to create a TV series set in space: "It was the studio (Desilu) mainly. They wanted a show set in space. Gene wanted to do one that was more science fiction. So he decided to combine them both and see what happens" (September 2006).
- On how Gene Roddenberry felt about "Star Trek" revival movies and the "Next Generation" show: "He was never really satisfied with the way any of them came out. It was just his own frustration at wanting everything to be perfect. It was nothing against the people he worked with" (September 2006).