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Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney was an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Janice Rand on the original Star Trek television series and subsequent Star Trek films. Born Mary Ann Chase, she was adopted by the Whitney family, who changed her name to Grace Elaine. She started her entertainment career as a "girl singer" on Detroit's WJR radio at the age of fourteen. After she left home, she began to call herself Lee Whitney, eventually becoming known as Grace Lee Whitney. In her late teens, she moved to Chicago where she opened in nightclubs for Billie Holiday and Buddy Rich, and toured with the Spike Jones and Fred Waring Bands. Whitney debuted on Broadway in Top Banana, playing Miss Holland. Following the successful run of the show, she joined the cast in Hollywood, where she recreated the role in the 1954 movie of the same name. In Los Angeles, Whitney auditioned for and was cast in the starring role of Lucy Brown in the national tour of The Threepenny Opera. Whitney made more than a hundred television appearances following her television dramatic debut in Cowboy G-Men in 1953; The Real McCoys, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Bat Masterson, The Rifleman, 77 Sunset Strip, Bewitched, Batman, and The Untouchables. During the 1950s and early 1960s, Whitney was also on live television shows including You Bet Your Life, The Red Skelton Show, The Jimmy Durante Show and The Ernie Kovacs Show. Whitney was cast as a member of the all-female band in Billy Wilder's comedy Some Like It Hot. She shared several scenes with Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Marilyn Monroe, including the famed "upper berth" sequence. She had uncredited roles in House of Wax, Top Banana, The Naked and the Dead, and Pocketful of Miracles. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry cast Whitney in the role of Yeoman Janice Rand, the personal assistant to Captain James T. Kirk, in 1966. Whitney appeared in eight of the first fifteen episodes, after which she was released from contract. She had claimed that, while still under contract, she was sexually assaulted by an executive associated with the series. Later, in a public interview, she stated that Leonard Nimoy had been her main source of support during that time. She went into more details about the assault in her book The Longest Trek, but refused to name the executive, saying in the book, "This is my story, not his." Whitney returned to the Star Trek franchise in the 1970s after DeForest Kelley saw Whitney on the unemployment line and told her that fans had been asking for her at fan conventions. Whitney reprised her role as Janice Rand, who had received a promotion to chief petty officer in Star Trek: The Motion Picture). She also appeared in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, with another promotion, as Lieutenant Commander Janice Rand. Five years later, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the franchise, she returned in the 1996 Star Trek: Voyager episode "Flashback", along with George Takei. She also reprised her role in two internet Star Trek episodes. In the 1970s, she appeared in The Bold Ones, Cannon, and Hart to Hart. In 1998, she appeared in an episode of Diagnosis: Murder, which reunited her with her Star Trek colleagues George Takei, Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett.


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Born:
Apr 1, 1930 In Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
37
First Appeared:
In the movie The Texan Meets Calamity Jane 1950-11-15
Latest Project:
Series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men 2007-12-22
Known For
Poster of Bring Back...
Poster of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Poster of Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Poster of Irma la Douce
Filmography
Series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men Janice Rand 2007-12-22
Movie Star Trek: Of Gods And Men Janice Rand 2007-12-22
Series Bring Back... Unknown 2005-05-10
Series Star Trek: Phase II Janice Rand 2004-10-08
Series Star Trek: Voyager Commander Janice Rand 1995-01-16
Movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Excelsior Communications Officer 1991-12-06
Movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home Commander Rand 1986-11-26
Series Hart to Hart Unknown 1979-09-22
Movie Star Trek: The Motion Picture CPO Janice Rand 1979-12-07
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series The Outsider Unknown 1968-09-18
Series Rango Unknown 1967-01-13
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Batman Unknown 1966-01-12
Series Star Trek Yeoman Janice Rand 1966-09-08
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie Irma la Douce Kiki 1963-06-05
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Movie The Man from Galveston Texas Rose 1963-12-18
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Queenie's Broad (uncredited) 1961-12-18
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Movie Some Like It Hot Rosella (uncredited) 1959-03-19
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series The Walter Winchell File Unknown 1957-10-02
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Death Valley Days Verna 1952-10-01
Movie The Texan Meets Calamity Jane Cecelia Mullen 1950-11-15