Grace Lee Whitney Dies at the Age of 85

Grace Lee Whitney Dies at the Age of 85

Famous ‘Star Trek’ actress who played the role of Captain Kirk’s assistant died when she was 85. On Sunday her son Jonathan Dweck said that Whitney died of natural causes on Friday. At the moment of her death she was in her home in Coarsegold in the Central California.

Famous ‘Star Trek’ actress who played the role of Captain Kirk’s assistant died when she was 85.

On Sunday her son Jonathan Dweck said that Whitney died of natural causes on Friday. At the moment of her death she was in her home in Coarsegold in the Central California.

In the first eight episodes Whitney played Yeoman Janice Rand. In 1998 she published her autobiographical book “The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy” where she wrote about the end of her carrier and becoming an alcoholic.

She also wrote there that she faced her addiction for many years before she finally received treatment and re-established her carrier with the help of her colleague Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock.

She continued acting carrier with her role in several episodes “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”, “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”.

Dweck said that it would be more pleasantly for his mother to be remembered by her achievements as an actress but not as someone who beat alcoholism. After recovering from this addiction, Whitney spent 35 years of her life helping those who suffer such kind of problems. She helped ordinary people whom she met at ‘Star Trek’ conferences.

Her son also added that over the time she developed significant relationship with her fans and colleagues, like Leonard Nimoy.

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