04-14 Happy birthday to the late Arlene Martel, Born: April 14, 1936 and passed away on August 12, 2014.
Arlene Martel was the actress from New York City, known to Star Trek fans for playing Spock’s bride-to-be, T’Pring, in the original series second season episode “Amok Time”.
In 1965, Martel was among the candidates for the role of Doctor Elizabeth Dehner for the second Star Trek pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. However, the role would’ve required her to wear silver contact lenses, which might’ve damaged her sensitive eyes. Nearly two years later, she auditioned for Star Trek again, this time for the role of Sylvia in “Catspaw”. Again, she didn’t get cast, because the production staff (probably director Joseph Pevney or casting director Joseph D’Agosta) had seen her as the ideal actress for T’Pring in “Amok Time”.
Forty years after her role on Star Trek, Martel appeared as a Vulcan Priestess in the fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, directed by and co-starring Tim Russ.
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