Star Trek was a captivating and visually impressive show which came out years ahead of its time. As the episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation went on, even when you didn’t think it could, it just kept getting better. The Next Generation was the first in a long line of reboots of the original Star Trek, but the series was so popular that they were able to continue with it years later. This show set the standards high, not only when it comes to creativity, but also in terms of its casting; they chose a wide range of multicultural actresses (and actors).
The women that were cast were consistently appealing, and a lot of them held higher positions. Even smaller roles made an impact on viewers around the world. The women of Star Trek are strong and independent, and the fans loved it. This show really helped a lot of young women in real life strive for the best. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite female characters from Star Trek and where these women are today.
Kate Mulgrew – Then
Kate Mulgrew portrayed the infamous Captain Kathryn Janeway. Janeway was very close to her father, and he taught her to connect with science. After he died, she graduated from the academy and became a science officer on the USS Al-Batani. She is famous for breaking records and being the first female to beat out all the men and become captain. Her character appeared throughout the series until 2001.
This role was given to Genevieve Bujold, but she dropped out on the second day of filming, and they brought in Mulgrew. Two other people auditioned, but you can guess who they went with.
Let’s see what Mulgrew is up to today…
Kate Mulgrew – Now
You might not have recognized her from the last photograph, but Kate Mulgrew went on to play Galina “Red” Reznikov in Orange Is the New Black. This is one of my favorite shows now, and Red really pulls the show together. Like every other star out there, she took a role in Law & Order: SVU back in 2006. Since then, she did the voice for one of the characters in American Dad! And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
She earned a Saturn Award and a Satellite Award back in the late ‘90s for her role in Star Trek: Voyager. Orange Is the New Black earned her the real awards like one Critics’ Choice, another Satellite Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Emmy nomination. She was married at the beginning of her time on Star Trek and has two children.
Rosalind Chao – Then
Rosalind Chao starts out on Star Trek in 1991 as Keiko O’Brien. She acted in Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine until 1999. A big episode for her was when she gave birth to her daughter Molly in the episode named ‘Disaster’ in 1991. Neither of her births went smoothly, leading to some dramatic episodes.
They had a second child who they named Kirayoshi O’Brien, and afterward, she and her husband moved to Earth. Chao got to play a pretty big character who was in over 20 Star Trek novels like The Fall: Revelation and Dust, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warpath, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Warped, and The Tempest.
Rosalind Chao – Now
One of the bigger things that Rosalind Chao has done since finishing up with her role as Keiko O’Brien was play Dr. Kim on The O.C. Before she was an actress, she worked at Disneyland as an international tour guide. But the universe had something else in mind for her, and she ended up on the show M*A*S*H.
Currently, she is in a theater production of Mulan, and in 2019, she was invited to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, mentioning her critically acclaimed films like The Joy Luck Club, and I Am Sam. Chao is married to Simon Templeman, and they have two kids together: a son, Roland William, and a daughter, Isabelle Rose Yi-Mei.
Jeri Ryan – Then
Jeri Ryan played Seven of Nine (also known by their birth name Annika Hansen) in the series Star Trek: Voyager and then again in Star Trek: Picard (now). She did such an amazing job portraying the former borg drone that she was nominated three different times at the Saturn Awards for her role as Seven of Nine. She won in 2001 for the Best Supporting Actress on Television.
She won again at the Sattelite Awards for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1999. Ryan was also ranked (as Seven of Nine) as the 4th most attractive person in the Star Trek universe. That is saying a lot as there are so many female characters that come and go throughout the series.
Jeri Ryan – Now
Jeri Ryan has gone on to portray Ronnie on Boston Public and was given a regular role in the series Dark Skies. Of course, she guest-starred in Law & Order: SVU, but who hasn’t? The difference is she played a lawyer and not one of the victims. She now plays Veronica Allen on one of the newer American police shows.
There are so many of these cop shows that I can barely keep up. Now, she went back to her role as Seven of Nine in the new series Star Trek: Picard. It just premiered on January 23rd, 2020, and it has already been renewed for a second season of ten episodes. Her career just doesn’t stop growing.
This next actress definitely brings back memories…
Whoopi Goldberg – Then
Back in the ‘90s, Whoopi Goldberg was very well known for her role in Sister Act and Sister Act 2. I remember sitting in front of our television, adjusting the antennas until we get a good quality picture, and watching the Sunday night movies on ABC. She was cast as Guinan on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She first appeared in 1988 and also showed up in the movie Star Trek: Nemesis.
The child version of Guinan was played by Isis Carmen Jones in a flashback, but mainly Goldberg portrayed her. She was a big fan of Star Trek coming into this, so this must have been an extra exciting part to land.
Let’s see what Whoopi Goldberg is up to now!
Whoopi Goldberg – Now
Since the show ended, Whoopi Goldberg has mostly co-hosted the talk show The View since 2007. Great news: she has just accepted an invitation to bring back her role as Guinan for season 2 of Star Trek: Picard. This is the continuation of The Next Generation, which she was in, in the ‘90s. She agreed to this just recently, in January 2020.
This is well-deserved for her. She has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards and is one of only a few actors who won an Emmy, Grammy, Academy Award, and a Tony Award. She was nominated for a lot of different awards but won mostly for The Color Purple, Ghost, and both Sister Acts.
Gates McFadden – Then
Gates McFadden is an actress and choreographer. The main role she is known for is Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation, and she was in the four films that went with it. Beverly Crusher was the chief medical officer of the Enterprise-D and Enterprise-E. She almost didn’t take the role back then since she had a chance to appear in a play called The Matchmaker.
McFadden even took the second season off before coming back for the third. Once they brought her back, they started to really shape her character to be more popular. Her character’s story was pretty sad. She got married, had a baby, and then her husband died. She ends up falling for someone else who was friendly with her husband but not until later on in her life.
Gates McFadden – Now
Gates McFadden is originally from Ohio and graduated from Brandeis University. There were a few films and theater productions that she appeared in after Star Trek. She was able to work with some of the same cast members from Star Trek on set for Every Good Boy Deserves a Favor. She made a few appearances in Mad About You, the sitcom, and taught at several universities.
McFadden was the narrator of a few audiobooks as well, but she didn’t go to fan conventions due to a stalking incident earlier on in her career. She finally attended New York’s Comic-Con in 2014 and became obsessed. You can see her answering questions with Wil Wheaton, Denise Crosby, and other stars of the show at different Star Trek conventions throughout the U.S. now.
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry – Then
Majel Barrett played more than one person over time in Star Trek, including being the voice for the majority of the onboard computer interfaces throughout the whole series. She portrayed Nurse Christine Chapel in the original series and then Lwaxana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
She ended up reading a script for one of the episodes and bleached her hair blonde to fit one of the roles. I guess it worked, as that’s how she got to play Christine Chapel. The other role she plays is Lwaxana Troi, who has telepathic abilities because she is a Betazoid. She spends her time on the show looking for a husband, dealing with her mid-life crisis, and dealing with health issues.
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry – Now (Deceased)
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the first lady of Star Trek, married the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry, in Japan in 1969. They had one son together in 1974, Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, Jr. She has taken on a few roles since Star Trek, starting with Genesis II, The Questor Tapes, and Westworld. Of course, she appeared in other movies and worked as an executive producer and creative director on her husband’s films and series.
Barrett-Roddenberry did voice work in a parody of Star Trek on an episode of Family Guy. In the episode Emission Impossible, she played Stewie Griffin’s ship computer. Unfortunately, she had leukemia towards the end of her life and passed away in December 2008. There were over 250 people at her funeral, showing just how much she was loved and will be missed.
Terry Farrell – Then
Terry Farrell is an actress and model who got her role as Jadzia Dax in 1993. She had a few smaller roles before getting picked up for Star Trek, but this was her big break. She plays someone who isn’t human, but she is really just two different Trills living in a host body, so she just appears to be a woman. She was actually part of a media movement in 1991, which started on L.A. Law, which was called the “lesbian kiss episodes.”
The thing about this was that they wouldn’t keep the relationships going for much longer, and most would fade out in the next few episodes. Either way, Farrell joined the lesbian kiss episodes in season four when her host body basically had unresolved feelings for another host body, and the two women kissed.
Terry Farrell – Now
After Star Trek, Terry Farrell co-starred in a show called Becker, where she played Regina “Reggie” Kostas for four years before Nancy Travis replaced her. She was also the voice of Six of One in the animated short film Tripping the Rift. In the end, the short film became a TV series, but they brought someone else on to do the voice.
The version of it with Farrell’s voice was only ever heard once on TV, but she went on to do one more role before retiring. She married Brian Baker in 2002 and ended up retiring. Baker is the trench coat guy from the Sprint commercial. They moved to Hershey, PA, with their son, Max. The two ended up getting a divorce in December of 2015.
Grace Lee Whitney – Then
Grace Lee Whitney played Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Original Series and in the first three Star Trek films. This wasn’t the first time that Whitney worked with Gene Roddenberry. He created a show called Police Story and brought her on for the pilot episode. They also worked together in The Lieutenant. Whitney first aired in the third episode of Star Trek but was released from her contract partway through the first season.
Roddenberry said that Rand was supposed to have feelings for Kirk, but that they should never be acted upon. Officially, they released a statement that they wanted to free up Kirk’s character so he can start something with other women on the show. However, it was a necessity because they were over budget and had to cut costs. Roddenberry says that NBC is at fault for releasing her from her contract, but we don’t really know who made that final decision.
Grace Lee Whitney – Now (Deceased)
Grace Lee Whitney started out her career in Chicago, opening in nightclubs for Billie Holiday and Buddy Rich. She actually went on tour with the Spike Jones and Fred Waring Bands. A lot of her work was before Star Trek, like Hennesey, The Roaring 20s, Gunsmoke, Batman, and Bewitched. She also frequented live TV shows like You Bet Your Life, The Jimmy Durante Show, and The Ernie Kovacs Show, mostly in the gag sketches.
Whitney actually took the role in Star Trek back in 1966 and was still appearing in the Star Trek films until 2007. In 1998, she came out with an autobiography called The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy. She was married with two children and lived in California. She struggled with addiction for a while but wants to be known as a survivor of addiction. Unfortunately, she passed away from natural causes in 2015.
Nichelle Nichols – Then
Nichelle Nichols was one of the first black women featured in a major series when she got the role of Nyota Uhura, a bridge officer, in Star Trek. She almost left the series during the first season because she wanted to pursue a career in Broadway and ended up having a very influential person to help her make the decision to stay. She was at a convention the day after she told Roddenberry that she was leaving Star Trek.
He told her that there was a big fan who really wanted to meet her. Expecting a random Trekkie, she looks across the room and sees Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walking towards her. He told her how he is a fan and watches the show with his wife and kids. When she told him that she was going to leave, he told her, “You can’t. You’re part of history.” And the rest is history…
Nichelle Nichols – Now
Well, Nichols made history. King was right. Not only did she influence them, but she also influenced Mae Jemison in becoming an astronaut and Whoopi Goldberg as well. This was how Goldberg got her to start with the show. She ended up asking for a role, and they created one for her. The first example of an interracial kiss on scripted U.S. TV was Nichols and William Shatner in 1968. How crazy! She made history in many different ways.
She appeared in a few different films and helped NASA with their ‘Women in Motion’ program and was married twice. Another big moment in her life was in 2012 when she met President Obama. She heard that he had a crush on her when he was younger and watched Star Trek. Nichols ended up confirming it with him, and he told her that he was a Trekkie.
Nana Visitor – Then
Kira Nerys is the character from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, who was portrayed by Nana Visitor. She almost turned down the role on this show because she was told by her manager, “you will kill your career if you do this job.” She ended up saying in an interview, “by the end of the call, he had convinced me that I did want to be a part of it whether it impacted the rest of my career or not. When I read the script, I thought, ‘That’s a man’s role. That’s not for me.’ Yet it was all I wanted to do.”
Visitor plays the senior Bajoran Militia officer on the Deep Space Nine station as their executive officer. Sometimes, she will even command the Starfleet personnel, and she even went on to be the first officer of the Defiant. For the seventh season until the end, she was promoted to colonel. Her character has a large role in the war, and afterward, she takes command of Deep Space Nine.
Nana Visitor – Now
Nana Visitor started out her career on Broadway, as Nana Tucker, and ended up changing her name in the early ‘80s. She co-starred in Ivan the Terrible and had roles in Ryan’s Hope, The Doctors, and One Life to Live. After Star Trek, she was cast on Dark Angel and even went on to be in the Broadway musical Chicago.
After this, Visitor took the role of Jean Ritter in the series Wildfire. She was married to a man named Nick Miscusi from 1989 to 1994, and they have one child together. Her second marriage was with her co-star Alexander Siddig. The two got married in 1997 but ended up getting divorced in 2001. They also had a son together, and they added her pregnancy into the storyline. She gave birth while they were producing an episode in 1996.
Roxann Dawson – Then
Roxann Dawson portrays B’Elanna Torres, who is the main character in Star Trek: Voyager. She is a half-human half-Klingon who was serving on the Val Jean. She was used for medical experiments and left when the Val Jean was abducted. Everything was destroyed in a space battle, and she and her crew joined the USS Voyager.
Torres married the character Tom Paris, and they had a daughter in the show named Miral. The struggle that Torres went through to bring together both sides of her heritage, human and Klingon, was praised by viewers of multi-ethnic backgrounds all over the world. This is just another example of how this show went on to influence people everywhere.
Roxann Dawson – Now
Not only is Roxann Dawson a great actress, but she is also a director who has worked on a lot of memorable shows. She directed an episode of shows like Charmed, The O.C., Close to Home, Lost, Heroes, Hawthorne, Cold Case, The Mentalist, and Treme. She also went on to direct one episode of Lie to Me, The Good Wife, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Dawson was previously married to Casey Biggs, although that didn’t last too long and ended in divorce. He went on to be a cast member on Deep Space Nine later on. She later married Eric Dawon after meeting him on the set of Nightingales. He was a casting director, and the two hit it off right away. They are still married to this day.
Linda Park – Then
Linda Park portrayed Hoshi Sato in Star Trek: Enterprise. Her character was the communications officer on Starship Enterprise, and she was even able to speak more than forty languages, including Klingon. She was an expert at operating the universal translator and was key to helping different cultures and different worlds to communicate.
Hoshi Sato went through a time where she was claustrophobic, what they called space sickness. She then got dishonorably discharged from Starfleet for a floating poker game. Well, she broke the arm of the instructor who tried to break it up. But they ended up allowing her to rejoin Starfleet because they really needed her ability to communicate with everyone they couldn’t. She finished the show as a Lieutenant Commander.
Linda Park – Now
Would you believe it if I told you that Linda Park is like every other actress out there, and took on a guest role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? That’s right; she also went on to take on small roles in NCIS, House, Legends, Castle, and iZombie. She was raised in California and always acted in her high school productions.
She went on to get a bachelor’s degree from Boston in fine arts. Park has always been a dance student and refers to it as her second love. She studies and practices ballet to this day, along with other forms of dance. She married Daniel Bess, an actor, back in October 2014. They have one son together in June 2018, and the two are still together.
Denise Crosby – Then
Denise Crosby starts out as Lieutenant Natasha ‘Tasha’ Yar in 1987 as the chief of security on the Starfleet starship USS Enterprise-D. She only stayed around for one season of the show. When she was ready to leave, they killed off her character. She was written back in for a really cool guest appearance in the third season, where they were in an alternate universe where she was still alive.
This was the episode called ‘Yesterday’s Enterprise,’ and then she came back again for a final appearance in the final series episode called ‘All Good Things.’ They set up this episode showing different events that were before the pilot of the series, so Crosby could come back as herself.
Denise Crosby – Now
Denise Crosby was in Days of Our Lives and L.A. Law before big cast on Star Trek. Since then, she has made a real name for herself. The majority of the stuff she has done is an episode or a few for each series, but you might recognize her from The Walking Dead, Castle, Prison Break, Mad Med, Dexter, and Suits.
Crosby got married in 1983 to the son of director Blake Edwards, Geoffrey Edwards. They got divorced in 1990, but she was able to get into her father-in-law’s films like 10, Skin Deep, Trail of the Pink Panther, and Curse of the Pink Panther. In 1995, she went on to marry Ken Sylk, and the two have a son together who was born in 1998, August William Sylk.
Jolene Blalock – Then
Jolene Blalock portrays Commander T’Pol, who is a Vulcan serving as the science officer on the Starship Enterprise. They almost had someone else in mind for the role of the Vulcan officer on the starship, but some legal difficulties were getting who they wanted, so they created T’Pol. Before T’Pol came along, the most extended amount of time a Vulcan officer was on a human ship was 10 days.
She came along and served on the Enterprise for ten years. Vulcans aren’t always the most emotional, but T’Pol was more sensitive than the others and had a difficult time controlling her emotions. Her character was exposed to a toxic substance, and it ended up damaging the part of her brain, which was responsible for emotional control.
Jolene Blalock – Now
Before Star Trek, Jolene Blalock got some experience with Playboy magazine and Maxim’s Girls of Maxim gallery. She spent time modeling and then landed the role in 2001. Since then, she’s been in a few films, including Slow Burn, the TV series House, Legend of the Seeker, and Sinners and Saints. Blalock is currently married to the CEO of Live Nation (a ticket sales company), Michael Rapino.
The two met when she did a beer commercial in Los Angeles, and it turns out that he booked her. This was back when she was working on Star Trek: Enterprise, and he was living in England. After dating long-distance for a while, she proposed to him, and they ended up getting married in Negril, Jamaica, in 2003. They have two kids together, Rivers Rapino and Ryder James Rapino.
Chase Masterson – Then
Back in her sci-fi years, Chase Masterson portrayed Leeta, a Bajoran Dabo girl on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine starting in 1995. Leeta was employed as a Dabo girl at the Quark’s bar who ended up getting married, dated the CMO of DS9, and eventually ended her time on Star Trek as the First Lady of Ferenginar.
At first, her character was a bit of an airhead, but as the show went on, it was revealed that she is really an intelligent woman and just chooses to keep up a carefree attitude. Leeta doesn’t have a family name, even though Bajoran characters usually do. This is because her backstory is that she grew up in an orphanage and didn’t have a family name.
Chase Masterson – Now
Before Star Wars, Chase Masterson got her start as Ivy Lief on General Hospital. After this and five years of working on Star Trek, she moved on to guest-starring roles on ER and Sliders. She appeared in two Doctor Who audio adventures and got her own spinoff series from it called Vienna. Masterson not only acts but is also a singer and live performer. She came out with two records and produced a mystery/drama called Yesterday Was a Lie.
She was named the Best Feature Film Producer of 2008 by the LA Femme Film Festival. For some reason, she is the second woman who was in Star Trek who had an issue with a stalker. A man took her information and made multiple dating profiles with her actual home address, phone number, and photos of her. She ended up taking the dating site to court.
Dina Meyer – Then
You probably recognize Dine Meyer from things she’s in now. Meyers was born in Queens to a Jewish family. She moved to LA in 1993 to take on a role in Beverly Hills, 90210, and then the lead in Johnny Mnemonic. She then got the part of Dizzy. This was before she got the role of Commander Donatra, who was the commanding officer of the Valdore in the Romulan military in Star Trek: Nemesis.
Her character came in with a backstory. Her father was a prominent military commander like her and had “disappeared” when she was a young girl. Her mother sent her away to be protected, and they helped build up her career until she was the commanding officer when she was still very young. She collaborated with officer Suran to get Shinzon promoted and was very disappointed after realizing that he was just out to destroy the earth.
Dina Meyer – Now
Ever since Star Trek: Nemesis, Dena Meyers has been in pretty much everything you can think of. She took on a lot of roles like in Nip/Tuck, Burn Notice, Castle, 90210, and Criminal Minds. I was a fan of Burn Notice and Castle and remembered her from there. She also took on a role in Saw II and III and is in a movie coming out “TBA,” which is called Black Nightshade.
She spent her life spreading her talents and gaining a following around the world. She is now worth about $5 million. She is single right now, but at one point, dated Shane West. There were rumors that she dated Billy Joel, but this one she came out to deny right away.
Martha Hackett – Then
Martha Hackett started off her career with auditioning for the role of Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Terry Farrell got that role, but she was then cast as one of the Terellian alien species in the finale of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She had another role in Deep Space Nine as the Sub Commander T’Rul with the Romulan military in season three.
After this, she got her role as Seska. She was a Bajoran member of the Maquis crew who followed Voyager after it was abandoned in the Delta Quadrant. She didn’t find out that she was a spy for Cardassian until after she was cast for the role. I guess they didn’t want any plot spoilers out there.
Martha Hackett – Now
When Martha Hackett’s character, Seska, was killed off of the show, it came as a surprise to her because she had read a script which said she survived, and the baby didn’t. They only told her a day before they filmed. She appeared two more times in other episodes of Voyager and was in a total of thirteen episodes.
She wasn’t in too many things besides Star Trek video games, but there were a few good movies she got to join the cast of. A few of those would be Never Been Kissed, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, NCIS, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, and Very Bad Day. She also appeared on a game show called To Tell the Truth. She is married to Tim Disney, the great-nephew of Walt Disney, and they have two sons together.
Kirstie Alley – Then
Kirstie Alley’s movie debut was with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. She was officer Lieutenant Saavik of the Vulcan Starfleet. She didn’t join in the next two sequels, and at the time, no one was sure why. Later on, she claimed that she was offered less money for those roles than she was in The Wrath of Khan, so she turned it down. It was less money for a larger role, so it makes sense. There was another time after this where they wanted her to appear in Star Trek: The Next Generation.
She was going to be with the Enterprise-D when there was an encounter with a starship that was trapped in one place in time for about 80 years. They dropped the idea completely when Kirstie wanted more money for standing and not talking; more than they could afford for the episode. Nicholas Meyer, the director, wrote about this in his autobiography. They ended up making a whole new character up because she kept expecting too much money.
Kirstie Alley – Now
So, after turning down all of this extra screen time, she gained her fame in Blind Date, Runaway, and Summer School. After this, she replaced Shelley Long on Cheers until the final season. She was lucky enough to work with John Travolta in Look Who’s Talking and the two sequels. Alley won two Emmy Awards; one for Cheers and one for her role in the film David’s Mother.
She got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1995. Another big part of her career was when she was on Dancing with the Stars. Alley was partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and they made it all the way to second place. Hines Ward took the trophy that year, though. She went back on in season 15 for a second chance to win, but they were the seventh pair eliminated.
Persis Khambatta – Then
Persis Khambatta is an Indian model who started out her film career as Lieutenant Ilia in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Khambatta portrays Ilia, who was the Deltan navigator of the Enterprise. At first, this movie was supposed to be a TV pilot, and Roddenberry warned her that she would have to completely shave her head for filming.
But this didn’t stop her from taking the role and proudly rocking the shaved looked. Ilia was assigned to the Enterprise as a navigator during a major crisis and was killed on the Bridge by one of V’ger’s probes. They gave her appearance to another probe later and used it to learn more about the human “infestation.” She sticks around for a bit but ends up being listed as “missing” in action.
Persis Khambatta – Now (Deceased)
Persis Khambatta was obviously excited that the show was going to be a movie in the end, as that is great for her career. It just meant that she would lose out on five years of work as it was supposed to be around for five seasons. It paid off, though, because, in 1980, she became the first Indian citizen to present an Academy Award. She received a nomination for a Saturn Award for Best Actress for her role in Star Trek.
After this, she accepted parts in Nighthawks, Megaforce, and She-Wolves of the Wasteland. Maud Adams was chosen instead of her in Octopussy, a James Bond film, but she had Warrior of the Lost World at the time. Khambatta was in Germany in 1980 and was seriously injured in a car crash. She had a huge scar on her head from it. After a Bollywood movie, guest roles in TV shows, and a coffee table book, she died of a heart attack in 1998.
Sherry Jackson – Then
Korby (one of the main characters at this point) showed Kirk and Chapel the machinery that he creates; androids. There are quite a few of them built, but one of them is a woman he calls “Andrea.” Andrea is played by Sherry Jackson. When one of them recognized one of the androids but didn’t know who she was, they became suspicious. This is basically the base for Andrea’s part, where Korby is trying to make an android to look like Kirk and take over.
When Korby is dying, he moves “himself” (thoughts and memories) to an android body and begs his fiancé to stay with him. She said no, and this is where Andrea comes in. Andrea kissed him and confessed her love, which upset Korby even more. So, he destroyed them both using her weapon. This was Sherry Jackson’s experience in Star Wars.
Sherry Jackson – Now
Sherry Jackson was a former childhood actress who started her career in the musical You’re My Everything with Anne Baxter and Dan Dailey. Before that, she had a screen test for The Snake Pit but didn’t get it. After Star Trek, she went on to act in things like Make Room for Granddaddy, Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, and Charlie’s Angels.
Sherry Jackson had a five-year relationship with Fletcher R. Jones. He was a business executive and horse breeder. Jones was killed in a plane crash near the Santa Ynez Airport. Five months after he died, Jackson filed a lawsuit claiming that he promised her a minimum of $25,000 a year for the rest of her life.
Yvonne Craig – Then
Yvonne Craig appears in season 3 episode 14 of Star Trek from 1969 as Marta, an Orion woman. Orions are an extraterrestrial humanoid species, and they decided to make them green when they were first brought on screen. Basically, they were painted green all over as well as shiny. Now, the episode which Craig played Marta in was a bit risky. Marta was a slave in a more sexual nature, and the episode didn’t even air by the BBC in the UK.
It took them about 25 years to finally play that episode. In the episode, Kirk and Spock are imprisoned, and after some torturing that doesn’t work, Marta attempts to seduce him. This kiss was actually noted as one of the more famous kisses out of 19 that Kirk has with other characters. Spock subdues Marta and kills her with her own bomb.
Yvonne Craig – Now (Deceased)
Yvonne Craig started her career in ballet training, which ended up helping her role as Batgirl. She moved to LA in 1957 before she started getting cast in films. Since Star Trek, Craig has been in The Good Guys, The Partners, Jarrett, The Magician, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Starsky and Hutch. After she stopped acting, she went into private business.
She was a co-producer of an industrial musical and then became a real estate broker. Craig voiced Grandma from 2009 to 2011 on the show Olivia, which is a British animated children’s series and even published an autobiography called From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond. On August 17th, 2015, her metastatic breast cancer had spread to her liver, and she passed away at the age of 78.
Beth Toussaint – Then
Beth Toussaint played Ishara Yar, who is said to be Tasha Yar’s sister, in the episode “Legacy” in 1990. Before getting this part, she was in Bon Jovi’s song “She Don’t Know Me,” “Like a Rock by Bob Seger, and the music video for Saga’s “Only Time Will Tell.” In 1987, she appeared in the music video for the song “Big Mistake” by Peter Cetera.
Then she was brought on to the CBS soap opera called Dallas. She portrayed a woman named Tracey Lawton and then went on to the WB soap opera, Savannah. This was when she was brought into Star Trek to play Ishara. She spent the episode entangled in another plot, which has them running from someone.
Beth Toussaint – Now
This woman must love her soap operas. Including the ones that I mentioned above, she was also in Melrose Place and The Young and the Restless, where she played Hope Wilson. Beth Toussaint married Jack Coleman, who plays the State Senator from The Office who dated Angelina. The pair have a daughter together, Tess Coleman, who was born in 1999.
Tess was in the Wes Craven film Red Eye in 2005. Toussaint’s younger brother is David Toussaint, the author, commentator, theater critic, playwright, and writer. Fun fact: she worked with director Robert Scheerer on an episode of Matlock, and he ended up recommending her for the role of Ishara Yar. Lucky for her, she is now retired.
Sally Kellerman – Then
One of the first roles that Sally Kellerman took on in her career was Dr. Elizabeth Dehner. She was in one episode, and it starts off with her being knocked unconscious with another character, Gary Mitchell. He woke up with his eyes glowing silver, and soon enough, Dr. Dehner’s eyes start glowing too. This glowing comes with a special power, almost psychic.
The powers make Mitchell arrogant and hostile, and they end up needing to be saved by Captain Kirk. When he came to save everyone, Dr. Dehner asked him to help her. His initial plan was to save her, but when Mitchell swooped in and tried to kill him, Dehner stepped in. This is how Sally Kellerman’s role was killed off.
Sally Kellerman – Now
The award-winning actress Sally Kellerman earned an Oscar nomination with her performance of Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s film M*A*S*H. The Oscar nomination was for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 1970. This was just a few years after her role in Star Trek. Kellerman signed a recording contract with Verve Records when she was 18.
Her first album was recorded later on in 1972, and her second was released a lot later in 2009. Some of her music can be heard in Lost Horizon, Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins, and Boris and Natasha: The Movie. Kellerman also did some voiceover work for Hidden Valley Ranch salad dressing, Mercedes-Benz, and Revlon commercials.
Zoe Saldana – Then
Zoe Saldana got her start in television on Law & Order in 1999. She was in a few films like Crossroads, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Terminal before being added to the cast of Star Trek in 2009. Saldana portrayed Nyota Uhura, who is basically a translator. Her official title was a communications officer, and she specializes in linguistics, philology, and cryptography.
Uhura was one of the first black characters to be portrayed in a non-abject role on TV across America. Her first name was kept a mystery at first, and then it was revealed on a game show that it was Nyota, which is Swahili for ‘star.’ Uhura is another woman who got involved with Spock throughout the series.
Zoe Saldana – Now
Star Trek was just the start for Zoe Saldana. Her career just kept climbing from there. Before Star Trek, she took the role of Neytiri in Avatar. Not only was it the first movie to make more than $2 billion across the world, but they also won all ten of the Saturn Awards that they were nominated for. Saldana won a Saturn Award for Best Actress, which usually doesn’t happen with an all CG character.
Her next big move after Star Trek was taking the role of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. This part was all makeup and no CG. While it made millions, it didn’t do as well as Avatar. There are currently two more Avatar movies being filmed, which will be coming out in 2021 and 2023, and Saldana will be in them.
Ashley Judd – Then
Ashley Judd got her start portraying Robin Lefler in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She was actually in an episode that seems to predict the future. Everyone is being mind-controlled by an addictive game and give in to any suggestion made to them. The Ktarians made the game to try and take control of the Enterprise and then the Federation.
Lefler was one of the two left who was not infected, and they had to fix something and then get everyone freed. They managed to fix it before they were captured and forced to play the game, and everything worked out. How much does this make you think of how far technology has really come?
Ashley Judd – Now
Star Trek was the beginning of everything for Ashley Judd. After those two episodes, she went on another TV series called Sisters from ’91 until ‘94. Judd was in a few movies since then, like Heat, A Time to Kill, Double Jeopardy, and even Tooth Fairy with The Rock. She spends a lot of her time doing humanitarian work and focusing on gender equality and reproductive health and rights of women and girls.
Most recently, she spoke at the Women in the World summit, and she starred in the movie A Dog’s Way Home. Judd was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012 for her role of Rebecca Winstone in Missing.