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PostSubject: RIP Grace Lee Whitney   Mon May 04, 2015 8:01 am

recovering alcoholic, Grace Lee Whitney spent the last 35 years of her life helping others with addiction problems

Grace Lee Whitney, 85, the futuristic-clipboard-bearing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original series of Star Trek, died this weekend in the town of Coarsegold, California, her family confirmed. No cause of death was reported.

Whitney, a recovering alcoholic, spent the last 35 years of her life helping others with addiction problems, often at women’s correctional facilities or the Salvation Army, her family said. They said she was credited with having helped thousands of people successfully complete 12-step addiction programs.

She titled her autobiography "The Longest Trek."

Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1930, and was raised by an adoptive family. After several years as a dancer with big bands, she was cast as Janice Rand, a Star Fleet yeoman who was personal assistant to William Shatner's Capt. James T. Kirk, in the first season of the original 1966-to-1969 run of "Star Trek."

When the series was reborn as a movie franchise in 1979, Whitney returned, now promoted to chief petty officer, in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." By the time she made her last appearance as Rand, in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," in 1991, she had made it to lieutenant.

As closely identified with Yeoman Rand as she was, however, her family stressed Sunday that Whitney's preference would be to be remembered as a "successful survivor of addiction."

"Grace experienced 35 years of sobriety through continuous fellowship with others and through God and Jesus," they said.



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PostSubject: Re: RIP Grace Lee Whitney   Mon May 04, 2015 9:02 am

I never really knew her real name but certainly knew the character. I also never knew she was an alcoholic.


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PostSubject: Re: RIP Grace Lee Whitney   Mon May 04, 2015 11:50 am

Yeah, I didn't know her name or her history either but I sure knew Yeoman Rand. I had a bit of a crush on her back in the day.

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Grace Lee Whitney   Mon May 04, 2015 8:04 pm

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PostSubject: Re: RIP Grace Lee Whitney   Mon May 04, 2015 9:53 pm

She was a cuties and I remember the character if not the actresses name. I had no idea of her personal history, not surprisingly since I did not even know her real name.
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PostSubject: Re: RIP Grace Lee Whitney   Thu May 07, 2015 11:30 pm

She was great in Star Trek - Love that show!!!


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