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Majel Barrett was an actress and producer, best known for her association with the ‘Star Trek’ series

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BirthdayFebruary 23, 1932
Died onDecember 18, 2008
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateOhio
SpousesGene Roddenberry
Known asMajel Barrett-Roddenberry
Childrens Rod Roddenberry
Birth PlaceCleveland, Ohio
Height175cm
GenderFemale
Sun SignPisces
Born inCleveland, Ohio
Famous asActress
Died at Age76

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Who is Majel Barrett?

Majel Barrett was a prominent name in the American entertainment industry. She was an actress and producer, best known for her association with the ‘Star Trek’ series. After marrying ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry, Majel maintained close ties with the series. She participated in every production of the franchise released during her lifetime, either by acting or by lending her voice. Majel was fascinated about acting since her childhood. As a kid, she joined acting classes and workshops. As Majel grew up, she bagged several roles in theater and stage plays and ultimately entered Hollywood. It was her romantic relationship with Gene Roddenberry that paved her way into ‘Star Trek,’ to which she remained devoted till her last breath. Years after her death, she is still remembered as the iconic computer voice of the series.

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Childhood & Early Life

Majel Barrett was born Majel Leigh Hudec on February 23, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the ‘Shaker Heights High School’ and later enrolled at the ‘University of Miami,’ Florida, to study law. After completing a year in law school, Majel failed in a contract-law class. This made her realize that she was not quite cut out for the legal profession.

Majel moved to New York and started her career as an actor by participating in several stage shows and programs. She joined the ‘Broadway’ play ‘Solid Gold Cadillac’ and toured around the US. Majel’s father, William Hudec, was a police officer in Cleveland. Majel was touring the country with her theater group when her father was killed on night patrol duty.

Majel started bagging small roles in films in the 1950s. She made brief appearances in films such as ‘Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?’ and ‘The Black Orchid.’ Meanwhile, she made notable appearances in some TV series too.

Getting acquainted with Gene Roddenberry was the turning point in Barrett’s life. Their casual friendship blossomed into a love affair and culminated in marriage. This ultimately led to Barrett being an integral part of ‘Star Trek.’

Career

Majel Barrett’s acting career began in New York with stage plays such as ‘Models by Season’ and ‘Solid Gold Cadillac.’ Later, she moved to California in search of better options. Gradually, Majel got opportunities with major production companies.

Majel worked with ‘Paramount Pictures’ in the late 1950s. In 1958, she made an uncredited appearance in their movie ‘The Black Orchid.’ In 1958, Majel starred in another movie by ‘Paramount,’ ‘As Young as We Are.’ The same year, she also had a brief role in their film ‘The Buccaneer.’ She also worked with ‘Desilu Studios’ for several TV shows, such as ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ and ‘The Lieutenant.’

In 1961, Majel met Gene Roddenberry, an American TV series producer. In 1963, she was offered a role in ‘The Lieutenant,’ a TV series produced by Gene. During the course of the show, their relation slowly changed from friendship to a passionate love affair.

In 1964, Gene Roddenberry made the pilot show of the ‘Star Trek’ series, ‘The Cage,’ and Majel Barret played the role of ‘Number One,’ the unnamed first officer of ‘USS Enterprise.’ It was a major role, and Majel was not a big star at that time. This led to clashes between Gene and ‘NBC.’ ‘NBC’ felt Barrett had grabbed the lead role because she was the girlfriend of the producer. They ultimately rejected the pilot episode and asked Roddenberry to come up with another pilot.

The second pilot episode of ‘Star Trek’ was named ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before.’ In this, the character of ‘Number One’ was dropped to appease the executives of ‘NBC.’ Nevertheless, Majel continued to remain a part of every release of ‘Star Trek,’ whether a televised version or a motion picture.

Despite her character ‘Number One’ having been rejected, Majel made her appearance as ‘Christine Chapel,’ a blonde nurse, in ‘Star Trek: The Original Series.’ She even dyed her hair to fit the role. Her character was meant to display emotional attachment to the main character, ‘Spock.’

In 1979, ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ was released. It was based on the TV series. Majel played the role of a doctor in the movie. Thus, ‘Christine Chapel’ graduated from a nurse to a doctor, and Majel continued her reign.

‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ another TV series belonging to the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, was telecast from 1987 to 1994. In this series, Majel Barrett portrayed the role of ‘Lwaxana Troi,’ an eccentric “Betazoid” mother. In ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ Majel resurfaced as ‘Ambassador Troi.’ Thus, Majel Barret became an integral part of the ‘Star Trek’ series. This earned her the title of being “The First Lady of Star Trek.”

The most remarkable role played by her in ‘Star Trek’ was probably that of the voice of the computers on the starships. Majel’s voice resonated from the computers in the entire series. She also lent her voice to many games of the same franchise. Her voice lives on, years after her death.

Personal Life

Majel Barrett married Gene Roddenberry after a few years of courtship. Gene was going through a tough phase in his first marriage when he met Majel. Ultimately, he divorced his first wife and married Majel on August 6, 1969, in Japan. The couple has a son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry.

Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, leaving his empire to Majel. She rummaged through his ideas, which were left in her possession, to create two science-fiction series, ‘Earth: Final Conflict’ and ‘Andromeda.’

Majel Barrett suffered from leukemia in the final days of her life. She breathed her last on December 18, 2008, at the age of 76.

Trivia

Gene and Majel had a Shinto–Buddhist wedding in Japan. Gene did not believe in any particular religion, so they decided to tie the knot in a different manner.

After Gene’s death, Majel formed a company, ‘Celestial Inc.,’ to launch the remains of his body into space. However, the mission has not yet been accomplished. The company now plans to launch the remains of both Gene and Majel into space.

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Majel Barrett biography timelines

  • // 23rd Feb 1932
    Majel Barrett was born Majel Leigh Hudec on February 23, 1932, in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the ‘Shaker Heights High School’ and later enrolled at the ‘University of Miami,’ Florida, to study law. After completing a year in law school, Majel failed in a contract-law class. This made her realize that she was not quite cut out for the legal profession.
  • // 1958
    Majel worked with ‘Paramount Pictures’ in the late 1950s. In 1958, she made an uncredited appearance in their movie ‘The Black Orchid.’ In 1958, Majel starred in another movie by ‘Paramount,’ ‘As Young as We Are.’ The same year, she also had a brief role in their film ‘The Buccaneer.’ She also worked with ‘Desilu Studios’ for several TV shows, such as ‘Bonanza,’ ‘The Untouchables,’ and ‘The Lieutenant.’
  • // 1961 To 1963
    In 1961, Majel met Gene Roddenberry, an American TV series producer. In 1963, she was offered a role in ‘The Lieutenant,’ a TV series produced by Gene. During the course of the show, their relation slowly changed from friendship to a passionate love affair.
  • // 1964
    In 1964, Gene Roddenberry made the pilot show of the ‘Star Trek’ series, ‘The Cage,’ and Majel Barret played the role of ‘Number One,’ the unnamed first officer of ‘USS Enterprise.’ It was a major role, and Majel was not a big star at that time. This led to clashes between Gene and ‘NBC.’ ‘NBC’ felt Barrett had grabbed the lead role because she was the girlfriend of the producer. They ultimately rejected the pilot episode and asked Roddenberry to come up with another pilot.
  • // 6th Aug 1969
    Majel Barrett married Gene Roddenberry after a few years of courtship. Gene was going through a tough phase in his first marriage when he met Majel. Ultimately, he divorced his first wife and married Majel on August 6, 1969, in Japan. The couple has a son, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ was released. It was based on the TV series. Majel played the role of a doctor in the movie. Thus, ‘Christine Chapel’ graduated from a nurse to a doctor, and Majel continued her reign.
  • // 1987 To 1994
    ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ another TV series belonging to the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, was telecast from 1987 to 1994. In this series, Majel Barrett portrayed the role of ‘Lwaxana Troi,’ an eccentric “Betazoid” mother. In ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ Majel resurfaced as ‘Ambassador Troi.’ Thus, Majel Barret became an integral part of the ‘Star Trek’ series. This earned her the title of being “The First Lady of Star Trek.”
  • // 1991
    Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, leaving his empire to Majel. She rummaged through his ideas, which were left in her possession, to create two science-fiction series, ‘Earth: Final Conflict’ and ‘Andromeda.’
  • // 18th Dec 2008
    Majel Barrett suffered from leukemia in the final days of her life. She breathed her last on December 18, 2008, at the age of 76.

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