R.I.P. Majel Barrett Roddenberry

She was the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, but also an actress in her own right. Fans of the old Star Trek series remember her as Nurse Chapel (the one who carried an unrequited torch for Mr. Spock) or the voice of the ship’s computer, but I loved her best as Lwaxana Troi, the free-spirited and irreverant mother of the ship’s counselor on Star Trek: The Next Generation. She gave the character a joie de vivre that was endearing and irresistible. Rest in peace, Majel!

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