Majel Barrett

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Majel Barrett

Born

2/23/1932, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Birth Name

Majel Lee Hudec

Gender

Female

Also Known As

M Leigh Hudec, Majel Barret, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, Majel Roddenberry
9.1
out of 10
User Rating
43 votes

Biography

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Majel Barrett was born Majel Lee Hudec on February 23, 1932. Before going into film and TV work she appeared in many theatrical productions. It was while she was performing in All for Mary that she won her first movie role. It was a bit part in the…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Majel's last voice work before her death was as the Enterprise's computer in the franchise film reboot: Star Trek.

    • More than 250 people attended Majel's funeral service. Among them were actors Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig.

    • Majel has said that the estimated time to do the voice acting for her role as the "computer" took about five minutes a week.

    • Precious Paws was one of Majel's favorite pet charities.

    • Eugene Roddenberry Jr. said that his mother, Majel Barrett, "truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that 'Star Trek' fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away,"

    • One of Majel's costumes she wore as Lwaxana, along with a costume for character Mr. Homm, was sold at a Christie's auction for $1,600.

    • Majel had a 4 million dollar trust fund set up to take care of her dogs.

    • Some of Majel and Gene's ashes are scheduled to be launched into space by Celestis' Voyager Service in 2012.

    • She provided the regular voice of starship onboard computers for the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and the Star Trek movies and two episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. As a result of her providing the computer voice in the Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly", Barrett became the first and only actor to participate in all six Star Trek series as well as both the The Original Series and The Next Generation film series.

    • Narrated the Discovery Science Channel documentary About Beauty.

    • Outside the Star Trek universe, she appeared in A Guide to the Married Man with Walter Matthau, Westworld with Yul Brynner, and The Domino Principle with Gene Hackman, but her roles in such films were always minor.

    • In the early 1960s, she appeared on stage often at the Pasadena Playhouse, and broke into television with guest roles on The Untouchables, Bonanza, The Lucy Show, and Gene Roddenberry's first series, The Lieutenant, in 1963.

    • Some of her hobbies include golf, gold working, gourmet cooking and gem cutting.

    • Majel owns and operates Lincoln Enterprises, a mail-order business that she and Gene started to deal with the mountain of requests for Star Trek-related materials.

    • Majel admits that Lwaxana Troi's personality was derived a great deal from her own.

    • Majel attended law school for a year, but after receiving an 'F' in contract law, she moved to New York to pursue a career in acting.

    • Majel began pursuing her interest in acting at the age of 10 when she enrolled in a acting workshop.

    • Majel attended Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, OH.

    • Majel has been known to admitt hat she realizes that a lot of fans are upset by inconsistency in sci-fi storylines, and tries to correct them in her series.

    • Majel has remained true to Gene Roddenberry's legacy, by attending Star Trek Conventions and Executive Producing his final works Earth: Final Conflict.

    • To play "Nurse Chapel," Majel bleached her hair blonde to give a different look from "Number One" in the pilot.

    • Majel supplied the voice for the Computer on Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive Technical Manual software released in 1994.

    • Majel supplied her voice for the "Computer Voice" on the Star Trek Omnipedia software released in 1995.

    • Along with Leonard Nimoy, Majel is one of only two actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the original Star Trek (1966) series.

    • Majel is one of only 32 actors or actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (1966) (up to and including Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) and then in one of the spin offs.

    • Majel and Gene had been lovers for years when he decided it was time to marry her and asked her to join him -- although he happened to be visiting Japan at the time. Gene did not adhere to any particular religion and since they were in Japan they chose to have a Shinto-Buddhist wedding on 6 August 1969. They regarded this as their real wedding, but his divorce was not yet final and they made it legal with a civil ceremony on 29 December 1969.

    • Majel has only been married once, it was to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry from December 29, 1969 until his death on October 24, 1991.

    • Majel's nickname is "The First Lady Of Star Trek."

    • Majel is 5' 9" (1.75 m) tall.

    • Majel is the mother of Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry.

    • Majel has appeared/supplied voiceovers in five Star Trek spinoffs.

    • Majel is the longest running guest star in the Star Trek franchise.

  • Quotes

    • Majel: (On season 4 of Andromeda) I have a feeling that this year, with the scripts that I've seen come in, too - they are a little more gentle, they are a little more about people, and they feel an awful lot more like what I think Gene intended.

    • Majel: (About women in Sci-fi) Oh, it's gotten better. It's not hunky-dory or anything yet, and it's not up to what the men get. But men write for men, and women - they just don't.

    • Majel: (On Earth: Final Conflict) Gene's idea was how mankind is going to react to aliens once they get here. Almost certainly they are either here or they will get here, whether they announce themselves or not. Who knows? But you know something like that will happen, and we've never really touched on the way humankind is affected by aliens and alien visitation before...but he's done such great things with that, too.

    • Majel: (On Andromeda actor Kevin Sorbo) He's capable of so much more than he was doing before (on Hercules), and he's actually an extremely fine actor, and he's pushed all the buttons on this one.

    • Majel: You put funny people in funny costumes and paint them green and we could talk about anything we wanted to, because that was the only thing that fascinated Gene about this particular genre.

    • Majel: You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in.

    • On Star Trek
      Majel: You can take any one of our stories that we use right now, put western clothes on us, stick us out in the west and they'll work just as well - any single one of them - because they're stories about people, they're stories about things.

    • about the original pilot of Star Trek
      Majel: When we started out in '64, um, I was playing Number One, which was a woman second in command of a star ship.

    • On her stardom
      Majel: Then, all of a sudden, here I am in the Press Room in the White House and walking in with the guards, who handed me three little pieces of paper asking me to send pictures to the guards at the White House.

    • Majel: The best way in the world to advertise is to get somebody else to run around with the name of your product on their person or showing it around somewhere and not only that but they're paying for it.

    • Majel: Man must be in space - that is what we are destined for. There is nothing else that we can do.

    • Majel: I don't think we're wasting people in space.

    • (About her husband)
      Majel: But he knew people and he was head writer for Have Gun Will Travel, and if you took those early Star Treks that we did and put us in a western wardrobe and put us on wagon train going west, we can say the same lines.

    • Majel: What's nice is you know a Star Trek movie is still one that everybody wants. It remains Paramount's cash cow, so there's no danger of it going away anytime soon.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I do not keep up with the Hollywood news so I did not know Majel Barrett had passed away. The whole sci-fi world will miss her. We are greater because of her and less now that she is gone.moreless

    9.5
    Did she best work on Star Trek NG but I feel will be most remember for keeping Gene's work going. She took over for Gene when he passed away and became the new heart of not only the Star Trek World but all of the other of Gene's works. I never heard anything negative about Ms. Barrett, which in itself, say a lot about her. There are never any sci-fi events in my area but what I have heard Ms. Barrett was well liked and loved my the fans. She seem to have known her role and used it for the betterment of Star Trek.moreless
  • They need to update her biography

    9.5
    She unfortunately passed away.

    The biography fails to mention that.

    She died of leukemia December 18, 2008, shortly after finishing work for the upcoming JJ Abrams Star Trek movie.

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