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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.

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“We are 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.”

Rest In Peace,  April 1, 1930 - May 1, 2015

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“At times, life has been incredibly painful. But there were other times when life was unbelievably exciting… My trip through the galaxy has been an incredible roller-coaster ride, from the deepest pits of despair to the very heart of love at the center of the universe. Along this wild up-and-down journey, I’ve been amazingly privileged to see and touch the Infinite.” (x)

RIP Grace Lee Whitney, 1930-2015