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Majel Barrett

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Majel Barret

Majel Barrett-Roddenberry (born Majel Lee Hudec on February 23, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American actress and widow of television director/producer/writer Gene Roddenberry.

Majel Barrett played several onscreen roles in the various incarnations of Star Trek, the popular science fiction TV series. She first appeared in Star Trek's initial pilot episode "The Cage" as the USS Enterprise's unnamed First Officer. According to the book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story by Herbert Solow and Bob Justman, Barrett was cast as Number One because she was romantically involved with Roddenberry at the time. Solow and Justman claim the network was furious that Roddenberry would attempt to put an unknown actress in such a prominent role simply because she was his girlfriend, and allege that Roddenberry later claimed that the network told him to remove her because they did not want a woman to be in such a high position of authority. Her role was changed to that of Nurse Christine Chapel when Star Trek became a series, and two decades later she was cast as the outrageously determined and iconoclastic Betazoid Ambassador Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, who also appeared in some episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She also provided the voice of the computer for the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and the Star Trek movies. She also provided numerous voices for the animated Star Trek series.

She also played the character Dr. Julianne Belman in Earth: Final Conflict, which was also created by Gene Roddenberry. She made a guest appearance in a Babylon 5 episode, as the widow of the Centauri emperor. Most likely to parody her voice work as the computer for the Star Trek series', Majel performed as a guest voice on Family Guy as the voice of Stewies ship (This episode also featured another Star Trek regular, Wallace Shawn as Stewie's unborn brother. Wallace played the recurring role of Grand Nagus Zek in Deep Space Nine.)

On April 29, 2005, she became the first and only actor to appear in all six Star Trek series with her guest appearance on Star Trek: Enterprise as the computer voice of the USS Defiant NCC-1764 in the episode "In a Mirror, Darkly Part II". She also provided the computer voice for the USS Enterprise-D in the series finale, "These Are the Voyages ..."

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