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The Voice Of The Enterprise Is Silenced. Majel Barrett-Roddenberry Is Gone...

Merrick here...
Majel Barrett-Roddenberry passed away in her home at 12:27am this morning after a battle with leukemia. She was 76 years old. Majel was with STAR TREK since before most of the world knew what STAR TREK was, since before she married TREK creator Gene Roddenberry. She played "Number One", Captain Christopher Pike's First Officer, in "The Cage" (an unaired TREK pilot later cannibalized as flashback fodder for an Original Series episode called "The Menagerie"). She also appeared as Nurse Christine Chapel in THE ORIGINAL SERIES - Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy's stalwart sidekick whose crush on Spock provided many memorable, and amusing, moments. After THE ORIGINAL SERIES, she voiced various characters on STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and appeared in Gene Roddenberry produced fare like PLANET EARTH, GENESIS II, SPECTRE, and THE QUESTOR TAPES . She played Lwaxana Troi (Deanna Troi's flamboyant, man-craving mother) in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - as well as providing the voice for the Enterprise computer in that series. She would reprise both the computer and Troi roles in STAR TREKs DEEP SPACE NINE, VOYAGER, multiple TREK films, and was recently announced to be voicing the Enterprise computer in J.J. Abrams' forthcoming STAR TREK movie. It's not clear if Majel recorded her role before passing (J.J.'s previous statements indicated the film would more-or-less be in the can by now, so it seems likely she did). More on this as we know more... Barrett's acting career was not limited to STAR TREK; it included BABYLON 5, WESTWORLD, and even GENERAL HOSPITAL. After Gene's passing in 1991, Majel perpetuated his legacy by developing/producing Gene-"concepts" like EARTH: FINAL CONFLICT and ANDROMEDA. There was something comfortably assuring and familiar when Barrett's association with Abrams' new TREK was announced - I was looking forward to hearing that voice again . Over the decades, TREK has seen many permutations, and undergone many tribulations. But having her there always made TREK feel a little more comfortable. A little more like...home. She will be missed.

Herc posted an article about Majel's passing at the same time I did. His piece appears here:

I am – Hercules.
The voice of The Federation has been silenced. Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who played the first first officer of the Enterprise and the computer voice in virtually every spin-off of “Star Trek,” has passed away. She had a recurring role as the Spock-craving nurse Christine Chapel in the original series and played Deanna Troi's Picard-craving mom in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Her last performance was as the computer voice in J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" feature.

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  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by absolutfailure

    I always feel weird when I realize I actually care that someone I've never met died.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST


    by xevoid

    The meek shall inherit the Earth. The rest of us will get the stars. She and her husband helped us on our way.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Sad news

    by BackwardGalaxy

    Sad. She will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:21 p.m. CST

    My Condolences

    by DeeJay

    My condolences to her family. While I was already excited about the upcoming Star Trek movie, the fact that this was among the last public works for both Barrett and Randy Pausch makes the movie--- and what they've contributed to it--- even more significant.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:24 p.m. CST

    I had a bad feeling about this for a long time.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    I had convinced myself that Nimoy was going to pass on before the release of TREK XI. Somehow, this news actually makes me even more sad. Majel was there from the beginning, second only to Nimoy. SO SAD on top of the news she was reprising her computer voice for the Enterprise. Here's hoping she was able to record at least a few lines before she joined with Gene.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    A great shame.

    by Gabba-UK

    A real loss of someone who seems a decent person. And there's not enough of them.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Very sad

    by The_Skook

    My condolences to her family and friends. She was a very special part of a great show.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Iconic Voice

    by Liberty Valance

    It's a select few whose voice will be forever remebered and associated with a cultural icon like Star Trek. She will be missed, but for what it's worth, on Slashfilm they're reporting that she "recently completed voice work for JJ Abrams' Star Trek." Here's hoping they're right. Rest in Peace Majel...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    First Lady of Star Trek indeed

    by oisin5199

    I'm kinda choking back those tears, here. But wow, I hope Gene and Majel are reunited out in the stars somewhere. And I also hope that the film is dedicated to her and they find a way to work some digital magic and get her voice on the ship somehow. RIP.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    That really sucks

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored

    She was really great in her various ST roles.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Sad News

    by tolomey

    We have lost too many people this year.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:32 p.m. CST

    I'm in control of my emotions...

    by Daytripper69

    ... ah, who am I fooling? My jaw dropped as I read this... This is a sad loss, indeed. Majel will be missed. She was the soul of "Star Trek" in many ways. If someone can confirm that she did record a few lines for the new movie we can at least take comfort in that. In the meantime, I think I'll stream "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" in HD tonight.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST

    And can I just say...

    by Nosferatu Jones

    ...this is a HORRIBLE way to promote the new movie.<p> (Gallows humor, folks... laughing to keep from crying right now.)

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    She was the original Enterprise...

    by Dr.DirtyD as well. For some reason its implied she only provided the voice from TNG onward. What up with that?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Big year for entertainment deaths.

    by EvilWizardGlick

    I can't recall any year where so many entertainment related people have died.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:36 p.m. CST

    Could 2009 be worse than 2008?

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    The answer is yes but the Grim Reaper would have to take some very big names if he wanted to surpass the talent we've lost over the last twelve months. Clint Eastwood could pass on. Maybe even Harrison Ford.<p>RIP Ms B-R. I hope you find peace amongst the stars now.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:39 p.m. CST

    When KITT passes away...

    by Darkknight37

    Let me know. RIP.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:40 p.m. CST

    She will be missed

    by CrazyGnome

    Great video tribute. I didn't realize how sad this would make me. Time is moving way to fast. I miss star trek.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:42 p.m. CST

    This Is Ironically Sad

    by Media Messiah

    She was just hired to to reprise her role as the voice of the Enterprise's computer for the new movie, and now this???<BR><BR>I wish you a peaceful journey, and peace to your son!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Majel was brilliant as Lwaxana Troi

    by SpyGuy

    I had the pleasure of meeting her way back in 1988 at the International Superman Exposition in Cleveland and you couldn't find a more charming lady. <p>It's going to be very hard to hear her voice in the new STAR TREK movie next year and realize this vocal performance is her swan song. Rest In Peace, Majel...</p>

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:44 p.m. CST

    I read the headline. I got immediate chills.

    by Amy Chasing

    I'm amazed how much this news affects me. Lwaxana Troi was larger than life. I want to say "Computer..." and hear it respond like the Enterprise. And it'd give the new movie so much more cred for Trekkies if the ship also has her voice - I hope they still can. My condolences to her family and friends.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Such a Sad Moment....

    by Arcangel2020

    What a sad turn of events... The silencing of a major voice/character in the Star Trek Series...Majel will be sorry missed!!! Her character and voice over abilities will be sorely missed in the Trek-verse

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST

    majel was the computer voice from day one

    by bacci40

    they just distorted the voice to make it sound more mechanical...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:47 p.m. CST

    Betty Page and now Roddenbury.

    by Roketopunch

    Geez, 2 icons within 7 days. Old Hollywood is departing. Who's next, I won't dare say a name, i would like be putting an idea in the Universe. Oh OK I will. George W. Bush.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Very sad day...

    by TheSultanOfErato

    I met her at a restaurant I was working at 10 years ago. She was a very sweet lady. This sucks.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST

    She will be missed

    by Der-Rabe

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Do you think...

    by TheSultanOfErato

    ...with all of the computer dialouge she did over the span of forty years that they would be able to splice her voice into future movies? Just a thought.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    oh no my dear sweetheart is gone...

    by JeanLuc Dickhard

    this one really stings ....

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I am completely crushed inside

    by ArcadianDS

    So often we see these obits on AICN, and so rarely do they make me audibly let out a "*gasp* oh noooo...."<p> This one did that. One can only hope that with all her voice-over work on so many programs, that there's enough stock from which to continue her role for many years to come.<p> If we can build a Wolfman Jack synthesizer machine, we certainly can build one for this. And we should. It would be difficult for me to enjoy a trek movie with a different computer voice - it would constantly pull me out of the moment and remind me of what a great loss this is.<p> She is the voice of my childhood, and I am not pleased about all this growing up Im doing.<p> not one bit.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:54 p.m. CST


    by veritasses


  • Dec. 18, 2008, 5:56 p.m. CST

    oh and here's something

    by ArcadianDS

    a tribute to Majel's appeal: we've gone this long without an asshat making an Abe Vigoda joke. Thaaaaat's right, you're an asshat.<p> Abe Vigoda is not laughing at anything today - he's sad with the rest of us.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:13 p.m. CST

    OH NOOOO!!!

    by Banzai Rootskibango

    How will the world ever go on without her?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    So I guess it's onto Chris Rock....

    by JackBauer24

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST

    What sad news. What a true loss.

    by Luna Moth

    I am so sorry to know that she is gone. If it weren't for her, in so many ways, Trek as we know it simply would not exist. ArcadianDS, you're kidding about the wolfman jack thing, right?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST

    No he's not

    by thelordofhell

    He just always respectfully waits until the end of the thread to laugh.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST

    I Guess They Showed Her The Finished Film

    by thelordofhell

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Aint it OLD News...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Someone at work who's not even a Sci-Fi nut told me about it early this afternoon, and there was nary a peep about it on THIS 'site, whose sole PURPOSE is to provide sci-fi and other geek news! Hope we find out about Leonard Nimoy's passing before he's actually buried... >:(<p>That said, very sad news about the person most involved with Star Trek, in all its incarnations, from the very beginning. :`(

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:24 p.m. CST

    I still like her Number 1 Better than Spock

    by MattHooper

    She was a much more interesting and intelligent choice for a first officer and it would have taken better writing to keep her involved in the plots -- not due to the fact that she was a woman, but rather due to the fact that her human character's IQ was much higher than Spock's. Sad to hear she passed away. I hope she will be remembered fondly by all.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Very sad news

    by Korrom

    The world of Trek has always been very special to me, a world I always felt at home in. An important part of that world and that feeling were the colorful elements added to it by Majel Barrett. Just today I saw her there on DS9 and laughed at Lwaxana driving Odo insane. Now I have to read she's gone. I am actually surprised how much this affects me, because I certainly never met her in person. But still, she was an important part of something I hold very dear, and her presence touched me enough to feel the loss. No ship in starfleet will ever feel instantly like home without its familiar voice. No captain will ever again live in fear of Lwaxanas visit. This is a great loss and a sad day indeed. She will be sorely missed. Rest in peace amongst the stars.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST

    And ArcadianDS, don't worry...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I'm sure you'll experience far more personal tragedies before your life is over. Mrs. Roddenberry's death, while sad, isn't really life-altering to anyone, except those who personally knew her.<p>If it is, you need to get out more and make some friends.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Live Long and Prosper

    by captain_kirk

    Majel Barrett was a wonderful woman who guided Star Trek along the ages and guarded the legacy of the one true Great Bird of the Galaxy. Her computer voice was soothing, reassuring, and familiar. It was a true character, essential to the enterprise and the show. As Nurse Chapel she added a grace and respectability to the original series, and I absolutely adored her as Luwaxanna Troi. She will be sorely, sorely missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:31 p.m. CST


    by Jonas Grumpy

    Now I'll never get to see an adaptation of Peter David's TREK novel where Lwaxana Troi hooked up with Q. That would have made an awesome episode of TNG, if nothing else.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:32 p.m. CST

    How sad . . .

    by Thall_Joben

    I have no idea what she was like as a person, but in her performances she always came across as a warm hearted gentle lady - something the world could always use more of. Hope she and Gene are passing warp 10 out there somewhere.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:34 p.m. CST

    I thought her Number One was her best role, as well...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Mainly BECAUSE she was a woman. The second-in-command and smartest person on board Starfleet's lead starship being cast as a woman in the mid-1960s? Even as a kid in the 70s, I thought that was cool. :)<p>It always kinda annoyed me that she was soon demoted to just holding trays for McCoy, while making goo-goo eyes at Spock.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by ballyhoo

    She was just awesome.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:35 p.m. CST


    by Korrom

    I think you misinterpreted my post a little...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Honestly feels like the end of an era...

    by Paul T. Ryan

    Rest in peace Mrs Roddenberry.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:41 p.m. CST

    A sad day for sci fi fans, not just Trekkers

    by darquelyte

    I had no idea that she had leukemia. I did read that she had finished her part as the computer's voice. I'm sure they could probably piece lines together for her if need be as she did so many lines as the computer voice, as well as her other roles. I can only hope that she is with her beloved Gene. RIP.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Really a shame

    by Jinxo

    I actually got to meet her when she was working on a show I worked on. Not like I spent long quality time with her or anything. I was just a P.A. But when I did have to talk to her she was really nice. Again, I was a P.A. Not everyone is nice to folks that far down the foodchain. She was.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:42 p.m. CST

    She also appeared as Lady Morella...

    by MisterE the Babylon 5 episode "Point of No Return". She played the widow of the recently deceased Centauri emperor.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:51 p.m. CST


    by Mr_X

    Mrs Troi RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    She graced us with her long...

    by Shub-Wankalot

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:55 p.m. CST

    When there's no more room in hell...................

    by crackerfarmboy

    the dead will walk the Earth. Just sayin'.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST

    i agree that her number 1 was a great role

    by bacci40

    when i first saw the menagerie, i cool...gene was so ahead of his time...and as usual, the suits were stuck 10 years behind him...she lived long, and did prosper

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Beam Her Up, Scotty

    by Muaddib64

    I met Majel several times at the Roddenberry estate while I was dating her assistant, many years back. She was a sweet lady, very kind and gracious to me every time. She will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:02 p.m. CST

    RIP Majel

    by I am the most horrible

    Condolences to Eugene.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:03 p.m. CST

    computer voice

    by I am the most horrible

    Bacci40-yopu mean she was the voice on ST:TOS too?

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Oh no. RIP

    by theycallmemrglass

    My favourite role of hers will always be as Troi's mum. She absolutely stole the show in the few episodes she was a guest. Well, I really dont feel she lived long enough but I hope she did prosper. RIP Majel Barret.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Lay off the sauce Merrick!

    by TheReverendDavidLee

    Listen, I loved M.B-R. as much as any trekkie, Lwaxana Troi provided a great embarrassing comic relief in many of TNG's outings, and her voice when piped through the ships systems had such an aire of distinction, but with Merrick's typos (i.e. "bioth", "fazmiliar", "forqward", and "underghone") it seems like he took it a little too hard and hit the bottle!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:15 p.m. CST

    Sad to hear...RIP

    by NivekJ

    She was one of my favorite actors on the show, and hearing her voice as the computer gave a humanizing dimension to what could have been a cold piece of machinery. It was nice knowing she was around to represent Gene and his legacy. She will be missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:16 p.m. CST

    I am the most horrible...all of them

    by bacci40

    they ran the voice through whatever processor they had to make it sound more mechanical...but it was majel from day was gene's way of saying fuck you to the suits who had poo-pooed the role of number one...majel becomes chapel, but the computer becomes feminized...totally brilliant...he did that kind of stuff all throught the series

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    R.I.P. Mrs. Roddenberry

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:19 p.m. CST

    We Love her!!

    by darthwaz1

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:21 p.m. CST

    That's too bad.

    by jimmy rabbitte

    So long to Christine Chapel.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:24 p.m. CST

    i wanna get stuck in a transporter like scotty

    by bacci40

    i know that he didnt take it well...but i really cant handle much as it is silly...all trekkies are one big gonna freak when sulu goes

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:32 p.m. CST


    by sokitome

    The Star Trek Universe will never be the same RIP Mrs. Roddenberry.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Sad day. RIP, Majel.

    by Heckles

    At least she's with Gene again.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    :( :( :( :(

    by proton45


  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:40 p.m. CST

    This year should be a lesson to everyone in Hollywood

    by smackfu

    to always do your ADR work as soon as humanly possible. But yeah, sad news. Trek won't be the same without her.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by disfigurehead

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Well, Trek is truly dead now :-(

    by br1947

    She was really the heart & soul of Trek, so sad.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:09 p.m. CST

    How sad...

    by pilotgrl

    This is a depressing surprise. Majel Barrett seemed almost timeless since she was "there" in the Star Trek world for the last 40 years. We've lost so many wonderful actors this year...

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST


    by GoodTimeBobby i'm going to come home drunk and write a half-assed obit that would even shame Julia Roberts at the Academy Awards with it's solipsism! i'm fat with red hair and glasses! get it? Wah!!!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:10 p.m. CST

    RIP, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry

    by the milf lover

    :( ....just sad.....

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by montimer

    Initially I was fairly unaffacted finding out she had died, then I read the bit about her playing troi's mother, and it reminded me how full of life she was in the series. I appreciate she had a full life, and is now with her husband, but it is depressing to hear of another star dying in 2008. What a depressing year for the indstry.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST


    by TiNSeLToWN TeRRoR

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Farewell, and give Gene a hug from us down here.

    by Clavius

    Second star to the right, and straight on till morning.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    she loved the Trek fans too

    by Groothewarrior

    I went to some Trekkie conventions and she was so friendly and a really sincere person. Her heart was pure gold pressed latinum!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    What a beautiful person!

    by Orionsangels

    A beautiful too. RIP Love.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:31 p.m. CST

    A beautiful Voice too.

    by Orionsangels

    Excuse me.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:34 p.m. CST

    : ( computer... .... computer?

    by Mace Tofu

    The upgrade voice will be a pale replacement if they ever find one. "Computer" was TREKS glue that linked that universe. Glad she made that first class voyage before leaving us.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:36 p.m. CST

    So much death.

    by Tin Snoman

    Really tired of it. 2009 can't get here soon enough. I am pouring out the proverbial 40 of Romulan ale right now.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:43 p.m. CST

    May The Wind Be At Your Back Fair Lady

    by MGTHEDJ

    Oh this one hurts. I've been a Trekkie since about 1981. My mom watched the show while dating my dad back in the 1960's, I have an early memory of a TOS re-run on our tv screen. I must have been 4 or 5. It's a perfect curtain call for her to be the computer voice for the upcoming film. Oh, and I haven't heard, who is playing "Number 1" in the new film?<p>Yes, she was the computer voice on ST:TOS. The only time they did not "machine up" her voice was during the episode when the computer finished every phrase with the word "Dear." "Working...Dear." "Planet is Class M...Dear."<p>As for that Babylon 5 episode, I LOVED her line about "my late husband's legacy." That line was a phaser shot at Rick Berman and some other executives Paramount.<p>My condolences to her family and friends.-----m

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I hope they include her during the Oscar obits

    by Orionsangels

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    She'll always be Lumpy's mother to me.

    by Ingeld

    Sniff. RIP

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Oh my...

    by closeencounter

    What a loss. But, now she's with hubby in the Great Cosmos. RIP Mrs. Roddenberry.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Very sad news- she was by all accounts a wonderful person

    by YackBacker

    She was a generous ambassador to the fans, always involving herself in the community aspects of "the franchise." And she brought levity to her roles as Nurse Chapel and Lwaxana Troi. You can't fake that kind of niceness. She will be greatly missed.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    And Merrick, nice article dude

    by YackBacker

    Seriously, I rip on you a lot (like your mistakes, check out the word "fazmiliar" at the end of this one, for example). But on the substance, you wrote a good obit for Majel Barrett. Let this be our last battlefield, Merrick.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Program Complete

    by BlindOgre

    Man - serious bummer. I cheered when it was announced she would be the computer voice on JJTrek. I certainly hope they got it into production and that they at least offer an memorial in the credits.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Lwaxana was a grand ol MILF...

    by Billyeveryteen

    Thus a family member is gone...<p>Tell Gene, we miss him too.

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  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Maybe future Trek computers shouldn't talk at all.

    by Royston Lodge

    Having someone else provide the voice for a Star Trek computer is like having someone other than Desmond Llewellyn (sp?) playing Q in a James Bond movie. It's just plain wrong.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Daughter of the Fifth House

    by Smashing

    Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed, RIP Majel.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:17 p.m. CST


    by mrfan

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    too sad

    by the_frog

    One of the worst losses of 2008. We loved you, Majel!

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Gene and Majel Roddenberry....

    by WickedChicken37

    Together again.

  • Dec. 18, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    We'll miss you Majel

    by DarthJedi

    I am saddened beyond belief. A great lady who always had time for the fans, or at least always had time for me whenever I saw her at the conventions. I will treasure the last autograph I got form her. Warp speed Majel. Say hi to Gene for us all.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Wow like a hit to the face this one hurts.

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Did not see this coming. So sad. Damn.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:45 a.m. CST


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  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:48 a.m. CST

    My Condolences

    by MrStinger

    I got to meet Majel Barrett Roddenberry at a Trek convention just a couple of months before the Great Experiment known as "The Next Generation" premiered. She was warm, enthusiastic, and, as spouse of the producer, brought exclusive props and sketches to whet our appetites. Yes, someone asked her whether she was going to have any role in the series, and she got a huge round of applause when she said she'd be back as the voice of the computer. She couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating to her fans, and more supportive of Gene's legacy. I'm so glad she will be back as the Voice in the new movie. Maybe even more than Nimoy, that's the stamp of approval that makes this new production "legitimate." Sometime in the future voice recognition and voice feedback will become commonplace in the computer world, and it better sound like Majel. My prayers and thorughts are with her family and friends, and I hope somehow, some of them read all these nice things being said about her and know how much she was loved and respected.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    We met her...

    by Charlie & Tex

    ...back in the mid-late 90s in London and we couldn't have gotten a friendlier welcome from her. This has genuinely come as a shock and it's a crying shame that she is not going to be providing another link to the Original Series in the new Star Trek movie. Gene & Majel are reunited now and the world is a little less optimistic about the future. See you beyond the Great Barrier...

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:56 a.m. CST

    Oh Well...

    by SMARTASS8

    Didn't she cheat with Roddenberry on his first wife only to watch as he continued to sleep around through their marriage? Either she was a weak little woman or a cuckhold who liked fat nerds.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Troll la LA!

    by I am the most horrible

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:03 a.m. CST

    FRIGGIN' 2008

    by DatoMan413

    The body count continues. A lot of good people passed this year. I don't remember a year that had this much diverse talent pass away. Condolences to your family, condolences to all.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Did she play Chewbacca?

    by ChuckImania

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    watching the tribute :(

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    i was ok to start with but ended up with my eyes full of tears

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Beam Her Up Scotty

    by deadboy1313

    I especially enjoyed her appearances as Troi's Mother. She was (phasers set to) stunning at any age! A truly beautiful lady, she will be missed.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by oisin5199

    your subject title was really striking. Thanks for making me weep again! Ghostwholurks, wow, thanks for reminding us about how celebrity deaths work. Otherwise, I would have confused Majel for my mom and thought my mom had died. Prick. And Smartass8, you're a total douche.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Such a shame. Hope they dedicate the movie to her

    by Brody77

    2008 has been a bad year indeed.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    I always felt sorry for Roddenberry's first wife..

    by Carl's hat

    Majel was ok, but Gene was a sleaze. I'm not a priest but to cheat on your wife, then cheat on your mistress takes a special kind of sleaze.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 3:10 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by Nasty_Nick

    I had been delighted to read she was going to be the Voice of the Enterprise's computer once again. She'll be missed.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 5:24 a.m. CST

    This ist truly sad news :(

    by notgeorgekaplan

    Wow, Majel Barrett is gone. As a longtime Star Trek fan it always makes me sad to hear that another crewmember has passed away. But Majel was special. I have a lot of fond memories connected to her work on Star Trek. Also this news just made me realize that DS9 ended almost 10 years ago (i don't have much love for voyager and all that)! Those were the days and i miss them *sigh* ... This makes me feel old. My condolences to her family and friends and to the remaining Crew i will just say: Live long and prosper!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Matt Berry should do the voice

    by henrydalton

    This is the Enterpriiiiiiiiiissseee...

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST

    She loved her fans.

    by Rolling_Stone

    My wife and I met her at a Star Trek convention years ago and she was very kind and attentive to everyone. Our first signed photo ever was of her.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:45 a.m. CST

    RIP Majel

    by Mutley26

    I was always particularly struck by your performance as Lwaxana Troi. You somehow managed to project a balance Joan Collins with Joan Rivers, and this was no easy feat, as IRL those two polar opposites would've tore each other's hair out (wigs off). Goodbye.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by Caerdwyn

    As others have said, I hope they dedicate the new Star Trek movie to her. It may be a strange fit, since it's such a revamped look at Trek, but it's also a revamp of Classic Trek... exactly where Majel came into the genre in the first place. It's truly a sad time for us fans, and her family above all. R.I.P.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 7 a.m. CST

    IDIC indeed....

    by tensticks

    She also deserves MAJOR props for daring, at a time when it was tantamount to blasphemy for TREK fans to admit watching (much less liking) BABYLON 5, to not only speak well of that show but put her money where her mouth is by actually APPEARING on it, in a fairly significant role. Not that it appears to have done too much long term good, considering how much flak B5, its creator and its fans STILL get from a certain segment of the Trek community, but Majel certainly made a valiant effort for openmindedness and solidarity--a TRUE commitment to IDIC. In any case, assuming she was able to record her contribution to Abrams' film before her passing, it will give that film an extra layer of poignancy--a sense of closing a loop, and passing a torch, more subtle than Nimoy's appearance, but no less profound. Rest in peace, Majel.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST

    RIP, Majel

    by chrth

    Only actor to appear on every Trek series (if sometimes only in voice form), and Lwaxana was one for the ages. *Plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes*

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Condolances to all..

    by digginjim

    And apologies for this, but in some of those images from TOS Majel had seriously great legs! As part of the DNA of trek she will be missed...

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Now they can give Keith David some more work.

    by Snake Foreskin

    Computer... R.I.P.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by LegoKenobi

    she was just gorgeous. what an incredible career she had. my condolences to her friends and family.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Beam her up, God

    by grampageezer

    Wow, I'm starting to really feel old. All the original cast and crew are passing on to that starbase in the sky.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Does anyone remember the STNG ep...

    by Rufferto

    Where Lwaxana Troi dates some alien guy played by David Ogden Stiers who had to go back to his home planet and die in some ceremony because his people only allow themselves to live to a certain age? <p>That had some awesome acting in it and I always avoid it when I see it on tv cause it was sad as hell. I really loved the Lwaxana character. Yeah she was annoying, but she was supposed to be and it was fun to see everyone's reaction to her.</p> <p>Her and Picard especially made me laugh. That must be what was unerving about the performance in that episode.</p> <p>Anyway, I am always so surprised to hear how much she had done for this franchise and the characters she's played. I did not know till now that she was #1.</p> <p>I always wondered why she was not in Nemesis at Deanna's wedding?? That would made the movie a little more tolerable to hear the character comment on the whole thing.Instead we get Will Weaton in a cut scene??</p> Anyway, Rest in peace, Mrs. Roddenberry. You'll be remembered and missed.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I almost knocked her down once.

    by Neil Peart

    <p>I was at a ST con during my super-geek days about twelve years ago. I was standing with a group of friends talking and took a step back. Someone patted me on the back, chuckled, and said "Excuse me, dear". I turned and it was Majel. I turned beet red and stammered an apology and she smiled that lovely smile and said it was quite all right. Later when it was autograph time I told her I promised to look behind me before backing up from now on and she smiled and said it would probably be a good idea.</p> <P>Rest in peace, Majel. You will be missed. Your portrayal of Lwaxana Troi was brilliant.</p>

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 10:19 a.m. CST


    by Seth_Brundle

    "Self-Destruct system is off-line" will never sound the same again!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 11:31 a.m. CST


    by Obscura

    she was great. I was so into star tek growing up, that she felt like family, since no one but the proper fans knew the person behind that computer voice, and what she meant to everyone who loved trek.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 11:51 a.m. CST

    The Original Number 1 one passed on...

    by JustyHakubi

    Very sad news. We'll she will always be "working" on in our memories. God speed, Majel.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 11:53 a.m. CST

    One by one the TOS cast are passing on....

    by DarfurOnTheRocks

    My condolences.... We still got the Shat right....? Abrams better work him in somehow...

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by DarthFloyd

    I had the honor of meeting Ms. Barrett Roddenberry at a couple of different conventions. She was always wonderful to talk to, and very gracious with the fans. <p>As a lot of other people have already said, this loss hurts. My condolences go out to her family and friends.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 12:52 p.m. CST

    majel barrett..

    by andyny29

    was by all accounts the epitome of class and style. She really was the first lady of star trek. she's gone straight to heaven.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    The first lady of Trek is gone... REST IN PEACE Number 1

    by ThaJackaL

    God bless her...

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:17 p.m. CST

    the more i think about it the more it hurts

    by LordTwinkie

    i read about her death at 12:40 last night, and i was visibly shaken, but the more i think about it today and the more i read through this talkback the more it just hurts, its weird i never met her but star trek and her involvement has been a huge part of my life. i'm actually starting to tear up at work. Rest in Peace Majel, you will always be remembered and loved, you helped inspire several generations to reach out to the stars and to better mankind, and will continue to do so, you gave us a glimpse at a better future.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 2:29 p.m. CST

    A Great Lady Is Gone

    by KosherWookie

    Met her a few times when I was working Trek conventions in NYC & Philly in the late 70s - early 80s. One of the nicest, most gracious folks you would ever want to meet. Never wanted a fuss made over her; always had a smile and a kind word. Condolences to her boy Eugene.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Sorry to find this out

    by matineer

    Saw her at a pre-TNG Trek con. She appeared with a tape recorder to get fan input for TNG. She said she would take the tape to Gene Roddenberry. Nice lady to fans, too.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Goodbye to the grand dame of sci-fi

    by JT Kirk

    When I saw the headline, I let out a "no!" without even thinking. Majel Barrett's influence on science fiction has been a gentle but caring one, and her passing is truly all our loss. I met her once at a tiny Trek convention in the mid '80s, she was so nice and sweet and really cared about the material, she truly was one of the genre's stewards. It's tragic that the network couldn't find room in the original Star Trek for both a strong command-level female role and a satanic-looking alien, because she deserved the meaty role. There wasn't one time when she was on screen where she didn't add a great deal, where she didn't give her all in the course of serving a genre many felt to be silly kiddie pap. She's always been there until now, almost like an aunt to all of us Trekkies, and I hope her passing was a peaceful and painless one.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 5:17 p.m. CST

    She's Dead Jim

    by Sonic Reducer

    Well at least it wasn't on Harry's birthday because that would just be so wrong!!

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Nasty fucking troll

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... I'm not even going to give you your attention fix by printing your alias. You know who you are. Eat shit and fuck-off. <p> Majel Barrett-Roddenberry was one classy lady. The world is a poorer place for her departure. <p> Has this been a horrible year for SCIFI/"speculative fiction", and 'Star Trek' especially, or what?! First, Janet Kagan (Trek), then Gary Gygax (TSR), then Arthur C. Clarke, then John Berkey, then Robert Asprin, then Alexander Courage (Trek), then Joseph Pevney (Trek), then Robert H. Justman (Trek), then Algis Budrys, then Thomas M. Disch, then Brian Thomsen (TSR), then Barrington J. Bayley, then Michael Chrichton, THEN Uncle Forry(!), and now Majel Barret?! Fuck. <p> And, I KNOW I’m leaving someone/multiple-someones out. What a miserable fucking year. 2008 cannot end soon enough.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 6:16 p.m. CST

    And no, Sonic, you aren't the Troll...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... I was referring to, but go ahead and fuck-off anyway.

  • Dec. 19, 2008, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Peace to her...

    by Dingbatty

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 1:56 a.m. CST


    by LT Weezie

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 1:59 a.m. CST


    by LT Weezie

    Majel was wonderful in so many ways. Her kindness and thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 5:01 a.m. CST


    by thelordofhell

    Abe Vigoda will outlive everyone!! All hail the great Abe Vigoda!!

  • Dec. 20, 2008, 8:10 a.m. CST

    With All These Obits. . .

    by BroVinny

    . . . should the site be renamed "Ain't It Room-Temperature News"? Seriously, though, RIP Majel. I met her at a convention, and she was the soul of kindness. She is missed.

  • Dec. 22, 2008, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Sad news

    by orcus

    All the cool folks are dying

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