02-01 Happy birthday to the late Bibi Besch, Born: February 1, 1940 and passed away on September 7, 1996.
Actress Bibi Besch is best known to Star Trek fans for playing the role of Doctor Carol Marcus in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. She also narrated the audio release of the Michael Jan Friedman novel Faces of Fire.
A 30-year veteran of television and feature films, Bibi (short for Bibiana) Besch got her television start in 1966 on the soap opera The Secret Storm, on which she spent one season. Star Trek actors John Colicos, Laurence Luckinbill, and Diana Muldaur were also part of that show’s cast at one time or another.
Besch went on to have brief stints on three other long-running TV soap operas, The Edge of Night (1969-1970), Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1971-1973), and Somerset (1973-1976).
Besch appeared with her fellow Secret Storm actor Laurence Luckinbill in the 1979 film The Promise.
Besch worked in the 1979 TV miniseries Backstairs at the White House. Then in 1981, she co-starred in the TV movie The Sophisticated Gents.
After Star Trek II, Besch was on the made-for-TV film The Day After (1983)
Besch received one Emmy nomination as Outstanding Supporting Actress for the TV special Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992), and another in 1993 for a guest appearance on Northern Exposure. She also had a role on the 1991 TV movie Crazy from the Heart. In 1993, Besch guested on the crime/legal drama Law & Order. Besch also guest starred in The Golden Girls episode “Sick and Tired” about chronic fatigue syndrome.
In addition to her role on Star Trek II, she had notable roles in other feature films, including Who’s That Girl? (1987), Steel Magnolias (1989), and Tremors (1990). She also had a supporting role in the 1990 comedy Betsy’s Wedding.
Besch succumbed to metastatic breast cancer on September 7th, 1996, one day before Star Trek’s 30th anniversary.
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