02-18 Happy birthday to Andrea Dromm, Born: February 18, 1941.
Andrea Dromm portrayed Yeoman Smith in “Where No Man Has Gone Before”, the second pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. She filmed her scenes from Monday 19 July 1965 through Thursday 22 July 1965 on Desilu Culver Stage 15. Dromm was the second actress to play a captain’s yeoman, after Laurel Goodwin, who played yeoman J.M. Colt in the first, un-aired pilot, “The Cage”.
Her appearance on Star Trek’s second pilot episode was actually Dromm’s very first outing as actress in the motion picture industry. Contracted for four days of shooting, Dromm received a fee of $450.00. (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One, 1st ed., p. 85)
Though considered for a recurring role, Dromm had a decision to make, “I was offered a role in “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming”. They told me that you either do the film or the series. I chose the film, but if I had known that Star Trek would become such a phenomenon, I probably would have opted for the series.
Rittenhouse Archives, honored her with two autograph cards, numbers A174 and DA15, as part of their 2008 Star Trek: The Original Series – 40th Anniversary: Series 2 trading card set.
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