Magazine article Variety

'Star Trek' Thesp Was Glam Yeoman

Magazine article Variety

'Star Trek' Thesp Was Glam Yeoman

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Grace Lee Whitney, best known for playing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original "Star TYek" series, died May 1 in Coarsegold, Calif. She was 85.

Whitney was cast as the personal assistant to William Shatner's Captain Kirk in the first season of "Star Trek" in 1966. She returned for the movie franchise starting with 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," with a promotion to chief petty officer, then appeared in "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and 1991's "Star TYek VI: The Undiscovered Country," in which she finally achieved the rank of lieutenant.

Born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Mich., she started out as a singer and dancer. She guest-starred on numerous shows of the 1960s and 70s including "77 Sunset Strip," "Gunsmoke," "Batman" and "Hart to Hart." In later years, she attended "Star Trek" conventions and wrote an autobiography, "The Longest Trek." A recovering alcoholic, she helped many people with addiction problems, counselling inmates in women's prisons and helping through the Salvation Army. …

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