Majel Barrett Roddenberry, R.I.P.
First as Nurse Chapel--later Dr. Chapel--then as Lwaxana Troi, and frequently as the voice of a Star Trek computer, Majel Barrett Roddenberry was the only person to appear in all five Star Trek television series. She was almost the second-in-command in the original series, but the TV executives could more easily see an alien than a woman in that powerful a role. As Betazoid Ambassador, Lwaxana Troi, she played a character perhaps more powerful--both in feminine, earthy ways and in masculine formal ways. She was every bit the match for Captain Jean-Luc Picard.
She died yesterday, of leukemia. I did not ever meet her personally, but I miss her.
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