Grace Lee Whitney, 85, who starred on the original series of “Star Trek” as Yeoman Janice Rand, died over the weekend in Coarsegold, California. No cause of death was reported.
Whitney played the role of Star Fleet yeoman, who was the personal assistant to Captain James T. Kirk (played by William Shatner.
Whitney, a recovering alcoholic, has spent the past 35 years helping people with addiction problems.
She was credited with having helped thousands of people successfully complete 12-step addiction programs.
Grace was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1930, raised by an adoptive family.
She starred as a dancer with big bands, until she landed the role of Jace Rand in the first season of the original Star Trek, from 1966-to-1969.
Until just the last few years, Whitney was also a regular at “Star Trek” conventions around the world.
She wrote an autobiography entitled “The Longest Trek.”
Her family confirmed her passing, stating that she died peacefully over the weekend in her Coarsegold home.
She is best known for her Star Trek character Yeoman Janice Rand of the U.S.S. Enterprise.
Whitney appeared again in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991).
Five years later, she returned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise to star in the Star Trek: Voyager episode Flashback with George Takei.
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