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Star Trek's Grace Lee Whitney dies

Published 04/05/2015

Grace Lee Whitney, pictured in 1991. She has died aged 85 (AP)
Grace Lee Whitney, pictured in 1991. She has died aged 85 (AP)

Grace Lee Whitney, who played Captain Kirk's assistant in the original Star Trek series, has died. She was 85.

Her son Jonathan Dweck said she died of natural causes on Friday in Coarsegold, California, about 50 miles north of Fresno.

Whitney played Yeoman Janice Rand in the first eight episodes before being written out of the series.

In her autobiography, she wrote that she became an alcoholic before getting treatment and regaining her career with the help of Leonard Nimoy, who starred as Spock in the series.

She returned for the film franchise, appearing in 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.

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