04-01 Happy birthday to the late Grace Lee Whitney, Born: April 1, 1930 and passed away on May 1, 2015.
Grace Lee Whitney was an American actress and entertainer who is best known for her portrayal of Yeoman Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Original Series. Her character was originally intended to be a major part of the series, however, she was written out after eight episodes. Whitney returned to the role for several cameo appearances in subsequent Star Trek movies, and featured in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Flashback”. She has retained an active interest in Star Trek fandom, appearing in several fan films.
Born Mary Ann Chase, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was adopted by the Whitney family who named her Grace Elaine Whitney. She became a prolific actress in the 1950s and 1960s, debuting on the Broadway stage in “Top Banana” before going on to appear in the 1954 motion picture of the same name. She worked with Jeffrey Hunter in the film The Man from Galveston (1963). Whitney guested on several well-known television series including Bewitched, Batman, Cimmaron Strip, The Virginian, Mannix, and Gene Roddenberry’s own Police Story, co-starring DeForest Kelley. She also appeared alongside her TOS co-star George Takei in a 1998 episode of Diagnosis: Murder.
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