Right around 1989 and 1990, before DVRs and subscription services for TV shows were available, millions of fans around the US diluted their Monday blues with heated expectation for the evening, when they could finally see the next episode of Star Trek – the Next Generation. Helm secured at the hands of Jean-Luc Picard, we could all safely sail into the galaxy with Riker, Data and Geordi, in a future filled with alien star exploration and spaceship romance.
Trek – the Next Generation was the first of 5 reboots of the mother of all sci-fi TV shows: Star Trek. Star Trek was innovative and groundbreaking in its own right and in every way. It checked every mark on the list: it presented a diverse and multicultural cast, it dealt head-on with important issues of cultural and political themes using metaphoric adventures (and awesome CGI), it dared to defy tropy storylines, and, maybe in a way that has not been seen since on the small screen, it presented women as powerful.
Bright, intelligent, and oftentimes the heroines of the plotlines, female characters in the entire Star Trek universe were showed to hold high positions in the military structure that the show presented — the Starfleet — and were presented as apt and powerful, as capable and commanding, and as complete equals. With its intense cult-like adoration around the world, female empowerment became even more important to represent — and Star-Trek rose to the occasion every time.
With each reboot more daring than the one before, the women of Star Trek were responsible for empowering generation and generation of young women through representation of wise and strong characters, who became role models remembered many years after the shows went off the air. Here are just a few very memorable members of the female cast of Star-Trek then — and now.
Kate Mulgrew – Then
Kate Mulgrew is another incredibly memorable cast member, who also broke conventions as the first female captain in Star Trek – Voyager. Mulgrew, an accomplished actress, was again honored to participate in Star Trek’s groundbreaking moment: “I got the pleasure of transcending stereotypes that I was very familiar with”, she has said. Mulgrew acted in the show until it went off the air in 2001.
Kate Mulgrew – Now
One of the most formidable cast members of Star Trek, and certainly one of the most well-known, Mulgrew guest starred in various TV shows and had small roles in films, as well as star in several theater productions. In 2013, Mulgrew was cast as Red in the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black — another groundbreaking show known for empowering women. Mulgrew has 2 sons and a daughter she gave up for adoption at 18, and reunited with in 2001.
Rosalind Chao – Then
Rosalind Chao starred in both Star Trek: the Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as botanist Keiko O’Brien, a sweet and kind character who represented mainly a powerful woman in a marital relationship, as her wholesome character did not stop her from being a needed professional on the spaceship, and an independent woman, another point of inspiration from Roddenberry, who made sure to provide role model of all kinds for young women (and men).
Rosalind Chao – Now
Rosalind Chia-Ling Chao was born in California and majored in journalism at USC. Her parents ran a successful pancake shop, which we envy on spaceship-high levels. She’s appeared in many theater productions since leaving the Star Trek branch, and memorably guest starred in both the film and the series M*A*S*H. Chao is married and has two children, and still resides in California. She used to work in Disneyland, which, in combination with the pancake story, really makes her awesome beyond belief.
Whoopi Goldberg – Then
Whoopi Goldberg was already a huge star when she joined Star Trek: Next Generation. She portrayed Guinan, a metaphysical being of the El-Aurian race who served as an emotional advisor and moral compass for members of the ship. Goldberg, one of the biggest names in Hollywood, developed a lifelong fandom of Star Trek after she watched Nichelle Nichols on the original series, and cried out to her mother: “Mommy! There’s a black lady on TV and she ain’t a maid!” She in fact asked to join the cast.
Whoopi Goldberg – Now
Whoopi Goldberg is the winner of an Academy Award and a Grammy Award, and has starred in some of the most famous films ever: Ghost, Sister Act, and The Color Purple; she participated in numerous theater productions and TV shows, owns her own production company, and currently stars on The View, a popular talk show where she discusses current events with a cast of other formidable women in media. Goldberg is a philanthropist, and was awarded numerous honors, including the Women in Film Crystal Award.
Gates McFadden – Then
Gates McFadden (Cheryl Gates McFadden) is another memorable Star Trek cast member. She portrayed Beverly Crusher, the ship’s doctor and chief medical officer in Star Trek: The New Generation. Perhaps more memorably, her character was a love interest of leading cast member Patrick Stewart’s unforgettable character, captain Jean-Luc Picard. Beverly Crusher was the epitome of a strong, independent woman. A capable doctor, she resided on the ship with her son, Westley, to whom she was a single parent.
Gates McFadden – Now
McFadden is from Ohio and studied at Brandeis University. After Next Generation, she starred in several films, including Taking Care of Business with James Belushi. She also appeared in many theater production, notably a production of Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, alongside a few of her Next Generation cast members — including Patrick Stewart. She currently is listed as part of the faculty at the theater department of the University of Southern California. She frequents Star Trek conventions as well.
Majel Barrett – Roddenberry – Then
Considered to be the First Lady of Star trek, Majel Barrett – Roddenberry is the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Because of this, Barrett – Roddenberry has appeared in every single one of the Star Trek serieses, and even supplied the voice of the Enterprise’s on board computer in the movies. On the television show, she played the first officer, a nurse, a doctor, Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi and Ambassador Troi. .
Majel Barrett – Roddenberry – Now (deceased)
Majel Barrett as left the world of film and television and focused primarily on voice acting. In fact, her voice is used for railroad defect detector devices on the Southern Pacific Railroad. She also voice acted in several movies, including the animated Hamlet A.D.D. Sadly, Majel Barrett -Roddenberry passed away as a result of leukemia at the age of 76 years old. Her funeral was attended by over 250 people, including Wil Wheaton, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols.
Terry Farrell – Then
Terry Farrell played the role of Jadzia Dax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She was friends with several members of the cast already, and was actually hanging out with Marina Sirtis when she got a call from the Star Trek producers that she had received the role she had been hoping for on the show. Farrell also played Jadzia Dax in the Mirror Universe shows, and also provided Dax’s voice in the video games.
Terry Farrell – Now
Terry Farrell began her career as a model before going into television and eventually reprising the role of Jadzia Dax. When her character got killed off of Deep Space 9, she was hurt personally, giving tearful goodbyes to the crew between takes. She is noted for being graceful and a stand up person when she left the show. She still attends Star Trek conventions, and she says that Jadzia is the best role she has ever been in because, as she says, Jadzia is a hero. Terry Farrell now has an asteroid named after her – 26734 Terryfarrell.
Grace Lee Whitney – Then
Grace Lee Whitney played the role of Yeoman Janice Rand in the show Star Trek: The Original Series. Although she was originally supposed to appear throughout the series, Whitney’s character was written out of the show after only eight episodes. However, she has maintained a strong relationship with the Star Trek community. In her autobiography, Whitney claims that she was subject to inappropriate behavior by a producer of the show, and that her complaining led to her being cut.
Grace Lee Whitney – Now (deceased)
Grace Lee Whitney started acting in the Broadway play Top Banana. She then went on to star in the movie version of the play. After being let go from Star Trek: The Original Series, Whitney went on to star in roles in hit television shows such as Bewitched, Batman, The Virginian, and even an episode of Diagnosis: Murder alongside George Takei. She even reprised her formal role in fan movies, and appeared in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Flashback.”
Nichelle Nichols – Then
Nichelle Nichols portrayed Uhura, the communications officer in the original Star Trek series. Nichols, an African-American woman, played a pivotal role on the show’s main plot lines in most episodes, operating and making decisions along with men, some of whom were caucasian. Gene Roddenberry, the show’s creator, had set intentions to create as much cultural diversity on the show as possible. As such, Uhura’s cultural identity was amplified and never hidden.
Nichelle Nichols – Now
Nichelle Nichols was brave to assume the role of an equal black woman on a hit TV-series in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, and has been celebrated for her courage and acting equally. She has said that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. himself was the one who encouraged her to take the part. After Star Trek – The Original Series went off the air, Nichols participated mainly in continuations of its branch, in various movies and video games. She is 84 years old as of 2017, and resides in California.
Nana Visitor – Then
Nana Visitor took on the role of Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Her character started out in the rank of Major before going on to become a Colonel. Kira Nerys was a rebel in the Bajoran Resistance, ultimately becoming a Bajoran Liaison Officer on a Starfleet ship. She would eventually rise to become a Starfleet commander. She was also one of the first to go into the mirror universe to meet her counterpart.
Nana Visitor – Now
After Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ended, Nana Visitor went on to star in roles in shows such as Dark Angel, Frasier, Battlestar Galactica, and Family Guy. She also played a role in the musical Chicago. Visitor has been married three times, and has two children. Her youngest son, Django, was born in 1996. Because she was pregnant while filming Star Trek, the producers decided to include the pregnancy in the story line.
Roxann Dawson – Then
Roxann Dawson is perhaps best known for her role as Lieutenant B’Elanna Torres in Star Trek: Voyager. But on top of her role in the show itself, she also directed two of the episodes of the series. She would then go on to direct another 10 episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. The character B’Elanna Torres was a human-klingon hybrid. She originally served on a Maquis raider ship before being empressed into the Starfleet.
Roxann Dawson – Now
Before acting in Star Trek: Voyager, Roxann Dawson was an actor on Broadway. After Star Trek she became a director, directing episodes of The O.C., Lost, Cold Case, The Mentalist, and several other extremely popular television shows. She even directed episodes of The Americans and House of Cards! Dawson has been married twice. Her first husband went on to act in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and her current husband is a casting director. Dawson has two daughters; Emma and Mia.
Linda Park – Then
Linda Park is originally from Seoul, South Korea, but moved with her parents to San Jose, California with her parents when she was only a year old. Park played the role of communications officer Ensign Hoshi Sato in Star Trek: Enterprise. Ensign Sato began her career as a linguist, eventually moving up to become the ship’s communications officer. She even created a universal linguistics code which could be used should the universal translator not work.
Linda Park – Now
Linda Park’s first foray onto American screens was actually the big screen when she take on the role of Ellie Sattler’s assistant on Jurassic Park III. On Star Trek she was picked by the producers to be a linguist due to the fact that she has a natural penchant for languages. In fact, she speaks Korean, English, and even French. Park continues to appear at Star Trek conventions and loves interacting with the fans.
Denise Crosby – Then
Denise Crosby played the role of Lieutenant Natasha “Tasha” Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although her character was discontinued after a couple of episodes of the first season, Crosby would show up later in the series as Sela, Tasha’s daughter from an alternate timeline. Before she dies, Tasha was the security officer for the USS Enterprise – D. She was essentially saved from a failed colony planet beset by poverty and crime when she came aboard the enterprise. It’s a shame her life was cut short.
Denise Crosby – Now
Denise Crosby began her acting career on the show Days of our Lives. She then went on to perform in dozens of famous television shows, including Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Baywatch, JAG, NYPD Blue, Law and Order: LA, and even The Walking Dead. Denise has been married twice, once to the Geoffrey Edwards (the son of famous director Blake Edwards), and then to Ken Sylk. Crosby has one child with Sylk, a son named August.
Jolene Blalock – Then
Jolene Blalock is a self confessed Trekkie, so she was probably extremely excited when she got news that she would be playing the part of Vulcan science officer T’Pol in Star Trek: Enterprise. She actually did not like any of the Star Trek spin off shows, and even rejected being T’Pol initially. However, once her agent showed her the script of the episode Broken Arrow, Blalock fell in love with the character and agreed to act in the show.
Jolene Blalock – Now
Jolene continued to act after her role in Star Trek: Enterprise. She played a role in Starship Troopers 3: Marauder, and even had a small role in the show House. Blalock began her career as a model, but says that she was not an attractive or popular child at all, and says that “she doesn’t know what happened.” Today Blalock is married to the CEO of Live Nation, and she has three children with him.
Chase Masterson – Then
Leeta was the Bajoran beauty who became a dabo girl despite her work as an amateur sociologist. During her time on Deep Space 9, she made several friendships with the residents of the space station. She eventually had to return to Bajor during the second battle of Deep Space 9, but returned when safety resumed to the station. She married Rom, who later became the Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance.
Chase Masterson – Now
Chase started her career as a soap star on General Hospital, where she played Ivy Lief. However, her first big break wasn’t until she landed her role as Leeta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. After that, she continued to be associated with the sci-fi universe, and was cast in the sci-fi noir film Yesterday Was Lie and was chosen to host Sci-Fi Entertainment. She is now mostly working as a voice actress, and has voiced characters in animated series and films such as Starship Farragut and Starzinger.
Dina Meyer – Then
Dina Meyer played Donatra in the film, Star Trek: Nemesis. Donatra served as a commanding officer of the Valdore. She co-conspired with fellow commander Suran, in a plot to advance Shinzon to the position of praetor of the Romulan Star Empire. Although she expressed having romantic feelings for Shinzon, he backed off due to his loathing of all Romulans. Dina was hurt, especially after she found out that Shinzon was planning on destroying all life on Earth, and her loyalty to him faded.
Dina Meyer – Now
Dina Meyer was already popular pre-Star Trek days due to her recurring role in Beverly Hills, 90210 and as the female lead opposite Keanu Reeves in Jonny Mnemonic. After she was cast as Dizzy Flores in the sci-fi film, Starship Troopers, she proved herself in the sci-fi world and was cast in Star Trek: Nemesis. She later on left sci-fi behind her and appeared in the horror films Saw and Saw III. Her next role will be in Showtime’s The Affair, where she will be playing Julie.
Martha Hackett – Then
Martha Hackett was cast as Seska in the series Star Trek: Voyager in 1995. Seska was an operator of the Cardassian Union during the 24th century. She had to undergo genetic alterations in order to appear Bajoran so she could sneak in and take over the Maquis on Val Jean who were under Chakotay’s power. She ended up using her relationship with him in order to uncover the secrets of the Maquis.
Martha Hackett – Now
Martha was no newbie to Star Trek before her role as Seska. She actually played a couple episodes as T’Rul in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine two years prior. To this day, she is known best for her character on Star Trek, as well as her roles in the movies Never Been Kissed and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Her most recent role has been in a low-budget horror film titled The Bye Bye Man. She has one son with her ex-husband, Tim Disney aka the Great-nephew of Walt Disney.
Kirstie Alley – Then
Before Kirstie Alley was Rebecca Howe on Cheers, she got her start as a Trekkie. In 1982, she landed one of her first ever roles as Saavik in Star Trek: II: The Wrath of Khan. Saavik was a Vulcan Starfleet officer who served on the USS Enterprise as well as the USS Grissom. She was especially known for her involvement with the Genesis project, which was a failure.
Kirstie Alley – Now
Kirstie’s role on Star Trek only opened more doors for the new actress. She quickly got jobs on series like Masquerade and North and South until landing her longest role yet on Cheers. She appeared in some of the most popular movies of the early ‘90s such as Look Who’s Talking and Loverboy. A few years after Cheer’s finale, she grabbed another lead role as Veronica in the series Veronica’s Closet. Her most recent role was in Fox’s teen horror Scream Queens. She has been married twice and is the mother of two children.
Persis Khambatta – Then
Persis Khambatta played Ilia in Star Trek’s first movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979. Ilia was the female Deltan Starfleet officer during the 23rd century. She worked as part of the navigation and helm branches of the Command division. She later served aboard the USS Enterprise under the leadership of Captain James T. Kirk. She had been formerly involved romantically with Will Decker on Delta IV, her home planet.
Persis Khambatta – Now (deceased)
The stunning actress from Mumbai, India was a model and pageant queen known for winning the title of Miss India in 1965 and competing in Miss Universe. Before landing her first big acting gig as Ilia. She continued to get casted in films such as Nighthawks, Megaforce and Phoenix the Warrior through the end of the ‘80s. She was married two times, but each marriage ended in divorce. She passed away at the young age of 49, after suffering from a massive heart attack.
Sherry Jackson – Then
Andrea was a female android who was built by Roger Korby. She was played by Sherry Jackson in a 1966 episode of Star Trek. Andrea was known for having very a very simplistic behavior, and she would often duplicate behavior of others as she learned it. After she was ordered to kiss Captain Kirk and felt confused and upset, it was proved that she could learn to feel emotions that were not programmed.
Sherry Jackson – Now
Sherry got her start as a child star in the ‘50s show, Make Room for Daddy. After 5 years on the series, she decided to leave and received a star on Hollywood Blvd for her role. Sherry took on more mature roles during the next few years, including as a hit woman in 77 Sunset Strip, a woman accused of murder in Perry Mason, and an unstable future mother in Wagon Train. By the time she appeared in Star Trek, she was already a well-admired movie star and symbol. Sherry retired from acting in 1980, after appearing in a TV movie titled Casino. She is currently single, and living a life in privacy.
Yvonne Craig – Then
The stunning Yvonne Craig played Marta in the original Star Trek series. Marta was the delusional and seductive Orion inmate at the Federation Asylum on Elba II. She was seen as Garth of Izar’s consort while he attempted to takeover the colony in 2268. After Garth captured James T. Kirk, he placed him and Marta alone in a room where she would often try to seduce him, she was not successful and therefore tried to stab Kirk. Garth ended up throwing Marta on the planet’s toxic surface, killing her in the process.
Yvonne Craig – Now (deceased)
Yvonne Craig actually started off as a ballet dancer before she became an actress. She is most well known for her pre-Trek role as Batgirl on the Batman series in the late ‘60s. She also played alongside Elvis in the movie Kissin’ Cousins. Her most recent role was in 2009, where she voiced the character of Grandma on Nick Jr.’s Olivia. Yvonne was married to her second husband, Kenneth Aldrich, up until her death in 2015. She passed away from breast cancer at the age of 78.
Victoria Vetri – Then
Victoria Vetri (also known as Angela Dorian and Victoria Rathgeb) played Isis, the shapeshifter who changed from a black, diamond-wearing cat to a stunning dark-haired woman, in the second season of Star Trek. She assisted the supervisor Gary Seven from his secret base to Earth during a mission in the 20th century. When she was in cat form, she was able to speak with Seven through telepathy. She was a loyal assistant and “pet”, who was constantly watching out for him.
Victoria Vetri – Now
During the same year that Victoria appeared in an episode of Star Trek, she also appeared in one of the most frightening movies of the ‘60s, Rosemary’s Baby. She continued acting through the ‘70s, and appeared in movies such as When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth and Invasion of the Bee Girls. She became an icon of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and was even voted Playmate of the Year in 1968. A lot has changed since then, and the actress is now serving 9 years in prison for shooting her husband Bruce Rathgeb. Safe to say, she won’t be returning to acting anytime soon.
Beth Toussaint – Then
Ishara Yar was one of the female humans who appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation and was played by Beth Toussaint. She grew up on Turkana IV and was active in the coalition. Both of her parents were killed right after her birth, and she and her older sister Natasha were looked after by several people who all later abandoned them. The two girls were later left to take care of themselves.
Beth Toussaint – Now
Beth was already famous for playing Tracey Lawton on Dallas before landing her one-episode role on Star Trek. Her career took off shortly after her appearance, and she landed a recurring role as Veronica on the WB soap Savannah followed by roles in horror movies such as Scream 3 and Red Eye. After playing Hope Adams Wilson in The Young and the Restless in 2006, she retired from acting. Beth has been married to actor Jack Coleman since 1996 and the couple have one daughter together.
Sally Kellerman – Then
Sally Kellerman played the role of human Starfleet officer, Dr. Elizabeth Dehner in Star Trek’s first season. She worked in the science division on the USS Enterprise under the leadership of Captain James T. Kirk on a five-year mission with the starship. When the ship crossed the Galactic Barrier, the field of energy transformed Dehner into a god-like being. She was later killed when Captain Kirk quarantined her on Delta Vega.
Sally Kellerman – Now
Before her one, but memorable, role on Star Trek, she appeared in several TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Of course, most of her roles were only minor and weren’t recurring. After she got the part of Maj. Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ O’Houlihan in the Mash movie, she was suddenly a lot more recognized. Shortly after she landed several more roles in film such as A Little Romance and Back to School. The 80-year-old actress is still going strong, and most recently played Janet Davidson in the Adult Swim series Decker.
Zoe Saldana – Then
Zoe Saldana played Uhura, which was originally played by the iconic Nichelle Nichols, in the newest Star Trek films. Although Zoe seemed like the perfect fit for the role, she was initially concerned about taking on such an overwhelming role. She admitted that she wasn’t a Trekkie, and felt that maybe she would let the real Trekkies out there down with her performance. Lucky for us, she took the role and has so far appeared in all three of the newest Star Trek films.
Zoe Saldana – Now
Zoe Saldana is of course no unknown name in Hollywood, and it is no wonder why she was casted to play such a strong and powerful role. She is used to playing roles that portray strong and independent women, and is now known for her role as Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy films and her role as Neytiri in Avatar, which she is set to reprise in the next 4 more films. Zoe is married to Marco Perego and the couple have three children together.
Ashley Judd – Then
Although Ashley Judd is now considered one of the A-list movie stars of Hollywood, she actually had no prior professional acting experience before landing the role as Robin Lefler on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The two-episode part in 1991 was the official start of the young actress’ career, and is really what helped her career get to where it is today. Robin was a female human Starfleet officer and engineer during the 24th century. Her parents were both specialists in plasma, so she grew up on several different starbases as a kid. She entered Starfleet Academy and was assigned to USS Enterprise-D.
Ashley Judd – Now
Shortly after her appearance on Star Trek, she landed a recurring spot on the NBC’s Sisters. After she left the show in 1994, she focused on work in film and starred as the lead in many big ‘90s movies such as Kiss the Girls, Heat and Double Jeopardy. In 2014 she landed the role as Natalie in Divergent, and played in the following two more films of the popular franchise. She is currently playing Beverly Paige in the new Twin Peaks series and BB Yates in the Epix show Berlin Station.
Noa Tishby – Then
Amanda was one of the human females who served as a soldier for the Military Assault Command Operations during the 22nd century. Amanda was played by Noa Tishby in the Star Trek: Enterprise series. She was originally a native of Florida and grew up in the same area as Commander Charles Tucker III, and expressed some romantic interest for him, but it was a bit complicated considering he was interested in T’Pol.
Noa Tishby – Now
The stunning Israeli-born actress was better known in her home country at the time, and had only a few minor roles in the US before landing her role in Star Trek. Although the part was small, it helped her land several more (mostly minor) spots on TV series like Las Vegas and CSI: NY. She grabbed recurring roles in HBO’s Big Love, where she played Ladonna, and CW’s Valentine, where she played Bast. Her most recent role was on the USA Network’s Dig, which was set in Jerusalem. Noa is now the mommy of an adorable 2-year-old son.
Barbara Bouchet – Then
Barbara Bouchet was born in the Sudetenland after it was ceded to Germany in 1938. He was then housed in a United States displaced persons camp, and eventually got a visa to move to America. It was there that she decided to become a model and then eventually an actress. She was cast to be in Star Trek: The Original Series, reprising the role of Kelinda in the episode By Any Other Name.
Barbara Bouchet – Now
Barbara Bouchet was one of the Bond Women, playing the role of Ms. Moneypenny in James Bond: Casino Royale. She also posed semi-nude in two issues of Playboy. After reprising several roles in Hollywood, Bouchet decided to move to Italy in order to take part in the film scene there, most notably in Black Belly of the Tarantula. She ended up marrying an Italian film producer, but separated from him 32 years later.
Kathie Browne (Deceased) – Then
Kathie Browne was a California girl born and bred. She decided, like many Californians, to go into acting, first reprising a role not in television, but on the radio show Big Town. She then went on to take on roles in several shows, including Perry Mason, The Gray Ghost, and even Gunsmoke. However, we will always remember her as Deela from the third season of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Kathie Browne (Deceased) – Now
Browne went on to act in several other roles in famous television shows, including Hazel, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, The Real McCoys, and The Night Stalker. Browne actually met her husband on the set of The Night Stalker, actor Darren McGavin. The two would remain married for 34 years until Browne sadly passed away in 2004 of natural causes.
Venita Wolf (Deceased) – Then
Venita Wolf began her career as a model and a beauty pageant contestant. She won several pageants, but the one which really brought her fame was the 1962 May Festival which she won in the town of Orange, California. She would go on to pose for Playboy later. It was after her Playboy spread that she was noticed by television producers, most notably those of Star Trek: The Original Series, where she was cast as Yeoman Teresa Ross in the first season.
Venita Wolf (Deceased) – Now
Venita continued acting throughout the 1960s, appearing in shows such as Gunsmoke, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Flying Nuns, and The Monkees. She then gave up her acting career after getting married to Lawrence “Skip” Taylor Tatman III in 1968. Taylor was the manager of a nightclub as well as of a band called Canned Heat. The couple had a daughter and a son before they divorced in 1972. Sadly, Venita passed away in 2014 after fighting multiple myeloma for 13 years.
Celeste Yarnall – Then
Celeste Yarnall is yet another actress who began her career as a professional model, and was even voted to be Miss Rheingold of Rheingold beer in 1964. She then decided to get into cinema and tv, being romanced by Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little. She also played the role of Yeoman Martha Landon in the Star Wars: Original Series episode titled The Apple.
Celeste Yarnall – Now
Celeste Yarnall went on to star in several other shows, including Hogans Heros as well as Land of the Giants. She married an artist who specializes in painting with ions named Nazim Artist. She has quit acting and received a Ph.D in nutrition. She is currently an adjunct professor at Pacific Western University, and has written books on holistic care for dogs and cats. She is also a champion cat breeder.
Sabrina Scharf – Then
Sabrina Scharf was a small town Midwestern girl from Ohio with big Hollywood dreams. She eventually made it out east, posing in one of the first series of Playboys in 1962 and in 1963. It was from this that she was noticed by producers, and she was given a role in the movie Easy Rider. The producers of Star Trek also noticed her, and she appeared as Miramanee in the third season of the show.
Sabrina Scharf – Now
Scharf continued to act following her role in Star Trek: The Original Series. However, she decided to quit acting in 1970 after meeting and marrying I Love Lucy and All in the Family writer Bob Schiller. Scharf began to take up political causes in California, most notably lobbying against pollution before it was popular. She tried to run for the California State Senate, but was unable to win a seat. Scharf is currently a practicing attorney.
Nancy Kovack – Then
Nancy Kovack was something of a child prodigy growing up. Originally from Flint, Michigan, she began studying at University of Michigan at the age of 15 and graduated by the age of 19. She then decided to go into modelling and acting after a trip to New York, and she won several beauty pageants. She appeared on the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, reprising the role of Nona.
Nancy Kovack – Now
Nancy Kovack was quite prolific, having appeared in shows such as I Dream of Jeannie, Get Smart, Batman, and even Hawaii Five-O. She is perhaps most well known for her as the hostess of the popular television game show Beat the Clock. She even began to get roles in movies, and even acted with the Three Stooges. Kovack’s husband, conductor Zubin Mehta, who is currently the Music Director of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
Marj Dusay – Then
Marj Dusay got her acting start playing a waitress in the movie Clambake with Elvis Presley. She then went on to play an agent in the thriller Hawaii Five-O, and even had a small recurring role in Hogan’s Heroes. She was eventually picked to play the role of Kara in the third season Star Trek: The Original Series episode Spock’s Brain. Despite being in only one episode, she loves the culture, and regularly attends Star Trek conventions.
Marj Dusay – Now
Marj Dusay is now perhaps best well known for her acting in soap operas such as Capitol (where she played the leading role of Myrna Clegg) as well as starring in Days of Our Lives. She was then picked to be Alexandra Spaulding on Guiding Light before becoming the chief villain Vanessa Bennet in All My Children. Dusay was even nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her work in Guiding Light.
Jill Ireland (Deceased)
Jill Ireland is a British actress and the daughter of a British wine importer. She began acting the mid 1950s, reprising her first roles in the movies Simon and Laura as well as Three Men in a Boat. She was eventually discovered by the producers of Star Trek, and she played the role of Leila Kalomi in the first season of The Original Series. She would eventually go on to take a role in The Great Escape
Jill Ireland (Deceased) – Now
It was while she was acting in The Great Escape that Jill Ireland met the love of her life, acting legend Charles Bronson. The two wed in 1968 and stayed together until Ireland’s untimely death in 1990. The couple had two daughters together, one by birth named Zuleika, and another whom the couple adopted named Katrina. Jill died after being diagnosed with breast cancer, and she was the spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society.
Susan Denberg – Then
Susan Denberg is actually the stage name for Austrian beauty Dietlinde Zechner. Zechner was born in the town of Bad Polzin when the town was a part of Germany (it is now a part of Poland). Her parents eventually moved her to Austria where she spent the majority of her childhood. Denberg eventually moved to the United States, posing as the Playboy centerfold for the August 1966 issue of the magazine. She got the attention of Star Trek producers, and she was cast as Magda Kovas in the sixth season.
Susan Denberg – Now
After reprising her role on Star Trek, she got a part in the movie Frankenstein Created Woman, the role which would go on to be her most popular. It was during that time that she met Yugoslavian Anthony Scotti. She had two children with Scotti, and the two are still married to this day in Vienna, Austria. Susan now goes by her birth name Dietlinde, and has taken Anthony’s last name as her own.
Michelle Forbes – Then
Michelle Forbes starred as Ro Laren in the 5th to 7th season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Ro is part of the Bajoran people who served in Starfleet on the Federation starship USS Enterprise-D. Later on, she sympathized with and defected to the Maquis. Ro had grown up in the Bajoran diaspora, and spent most of her childhood in refugee camps. Ro is a character who has overcome a lot, including being forced to witness the brutal death of her father as a child.
Michelle Forbes – Now
Star Trek was Michelle’s chance to break out in the world of acting, and that is certainly what happened. After she left the show in 1994, she went on to play the role as Dr. Julianna Cox in the series Homicide: Life on the Street and Lynne on 24, followed by several more roles in TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica, Prison Break and True Blood. She is currently playing Valerie in the Epix series Berlin Station.
Teri Hatcher – Then
Teri Hatcher played the role of B.G. Robinson who was a Starfleet officer. Hatcher only played Robinson in one episode and her role was relatively small. B.G. Robinson beamed many people aboard and made sure that they had no weapons on them. In fact, Hatcher’s role was so small that he appearance was uncredited. While Hatcher may have had a small role on Star Trek, she had much more substantial roles on other shows.
Teri Hatcher – Now
Before Teri Hatcher made it big in Hollywood, she was an NFL cheerleader. She started getting small parts on television shows and eventually got her breakout role playing Lois Lane on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. After that, the roles came pouring in and Hatcher got the chance to play a Bond girl and make a guest appearance on Seinfeld. Her best known role came in 2004 when she starred as Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives.
Diana Muldaur – Then>
Diana Muldaur played a number of roles on Sat Trek including Ann Mulhall who was a 23rd Century Starfleet lieutenant. Mulhall was a human who accused non-corporeal beings of wanting to steal the crew’s bodies. Mulhall also played Katherine Pulaski, also a human who was part of the rescue team that responded to an attack on Tholian. Pulaski had transporter phobia and used the shuttlecraft whenever she could. Lastly, Muldaur played Miranda Jones who was a blind telepath and psychologist.
Diana Muldaur – Now>
Diana Muldaur is a three-time Emmy nominated actress that is best known for playing Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law. Muldaur had recurring roles on many shows including McCloud, Born Free and A Year in the Life. In addition, she provided the voice of Dr. Leslie Tompkins on Batman: The Animated Series. Muldaur also appeared in films throughout her career such as Number One, The Lawyer and Planet Earth. The actress is now 79 years-old and is no longer in show business.
Marina Sirtis – Then
Marina Sirtis portrayed Deanna Troi on the New Generation reboot of Star Trek, the ship’s counselor. One of the most unique characters in the show, Troi played a half-human, half-betazoid, a species that allows her to feel others’ emotions. Sirtis’ portrayal of the empathetic and moving Troi was hailed by critics, and the was pivotal in the show, a constant consultant for the captain, and a tool for the show to explore and touch on a variety of human emotions.
Marina Sirtis – Now
Marina Sirtis is Greek-British, and another cast member who remained within the Star Trek branch after Next Generation went off the air. She starred in a variety of sequels to the show, including a film. Sirtis frequents “trekkie” (a self-made nickname for avid Star Trek fans) conventions often, and still appears in films and theater. She’s a passionate advocate for animal rights, and often speaks of her support of the English Tottenham football team — she even bares a tattoo with the team’s symbol on her back.
Jeri Ryan – Then
Jeri Ryan starred in Star Trek: Voyager, in a very complex role. She portrayed Seven of Nine, a human captured by the show’s antagonist, the Borg Collective, and convinced she was a cyborg. Her storyline on the show touched on pivotal and sensitive issues, particularly to women, as Mulgrew’s character assisted her in overcoming what was in fact Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Seven of Nine was a huge favorite among fans, and Ryan rose to stardom due to her role.
Jeri Ryan – Now
Jeri Ryan developed a successful career after Voyager went off the air in 2001. She starred in the legal drama Boston Public and currently stars in a drama entitled Bosche. Ryan is as beloved by Star Trek fans as her character was; despite her steady Hollywood presence, she remains loyal to her fans and attends conventions regularly. Ryan married member of the Republican party Jack Ryan, by they divorced in 1999. She moved to France and married chef Christophe Eme in 2007. She has two children.