that bio of grace lee whitney says that she became depressed and addicted after she was dropped from the series, but that makes it sound like she was, i don’t know, just bitter - it does not mention, for example, that while she was under contract she put herself on diet pills so she could fit into the too-tight uniform, or that she was sexually assaulted by a star trek executive before she was “let go.” i understand that those things might not belong in an obituary, because her life blossomed into so many bigger and better things, but i don’t know, i think we should respect the difficulty of that journey, i think it’s worth remembering that for all we may like to romanticize the original series and the people involved (leonard nimoy, to the credit of his memory, was very supportive of her), this incredible woman went through hell and came back fighting. she absolutely did take back her life, and she even came back to star trek. i think she was pretty amazing. rest peacefully, grace.
i love how roddenberry created a vulcan word to describe kirk and spock’s relationship that translates to english as “friend, brother, lover”
and then gave us instances like this
they admit they are friends and brothers but more importantly they admit they are t’hy’la to each other, meaning they accept the english translation “friend, brother, lover” and you’re trying to tell me they aren’t romantically involved?
With the news that dear Grace Lee Whitney passed away on May 1st, it seemed only logical to have some pictures of Leonard and Grace here. Rest in Peace to two wonderful souls. <3 (I’ll post a full tribute to Grace soon) I love the last one on the movie set.
StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report the passing of Grace Lee Whitney, who played Yeoman Janice Rand on Star Trek: The Original Series, in several of the TOS features and also on Star Trek: Voyager. According to her family, the actress and singer died on May 1 at the age of 85, passing away peacefully in her home in Coarsegold, California.
Whitney, a blue-eyed blond beauty, represented one of Star Trek’s greatest cautionary tales and also one of the franchise’s most satisfying renaissance stories. She played the deeply professional Rand in eight first-season TOS episodes before being dropped from the series and slipping into an abyss of drugs and alcohol that left her, quite literally, on Hollywood’s Skid Row. She finally got help, found God, and reclaimed her life and career, with an assist from Leonard Nimoy.
Star Trek even came full circle for Whitney, as she was invited back into the fold and appeared in The Motion Picture, The Search for Spock, The Voyage Home, and The Undiscovered Country, as well as in the “Flashback” episode of Voyager and the fan films “World Enough and Time” and “Of Gods and Men.”
Her revealing autobiography, The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy, was published in 1998 and, to her death, she remained a beloved figure at Star Trek conventions around the world.
Beyond the realm of Star Trek, Whitney’s credits included the Broadway show Top Banana, such films as Some Like It Hot and Irma la Douce and also many TV guest spots on shows including, The Outer Limits, Death Valley Days, Bonanza, The Rifleman, Bewitched and the pilot for Police Story, which also featured the talents of Gene Roddenberry and DeForest Kelley.
StarTrek.com interviewed the vivacious Whitney in 2011, and she had this to say about the early days of playing Rand. “I was supposed to be innocent, dedicated, excellent in my motives for wanting to be on the Enterprise, but very green, with no experience. Rand was willing to learn to be a secretary to the captain, whom, of course, I immediately had a crush on. But, it was unrequited love, like Kitty and Matt on Gunsmoke. It could not be consummated. It had to be love from afar, an unrequited love between the captain and me.”
Back in 2011, when StarTrek.com interviewed Whitney, she spoke excitedly of living on a 30-acre property near Yosemite National Park, with a running creek, and helping to care for her grandchildren. “(My son) Jonathan built a home down at the end of my property, where he lives with his family, including my grandchildren,” she enthused. “They’re going to take care of me as I move through life to my home in heaven. But right now I take my grandchildren to school and cart them around, and I’m of maximum service to them… I also line dance one night a week and I go to the gym three days a week. So, my life is happy, joyous, free, sober and saved, and a lot of fun, too. I have a lot of fun.”
Directed by Joseph Pevney. With William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Collins, DeForest Kelley. “The City on the Edge of Forever was one of the most critically acclaimed episodes of the series and was awarded the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.”