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Majel Barrett est une Actrice Américaine née le 23 février 1932 à Cleveland (Etats-Unis)

Majel Barrett

Majel Barrett
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Nom de naissance Majel Leigh Hudec
Nationalité Etats-Unis
Naissance 23 février 1932 à Cleveland (Etats-Unis)
Mort 18 décembre 2008 (à 76 ans) à Bel Air (Etats-Unis)

Majel Barrett (23 février 1932 à Columbus - 18 décembre 2008) était une actrice américaine.

Gene Roddenberry l'avait repérée sur le tournage de The Lieutenant, la première série télévisée du créateur de Star Trek en 1964. Il avait tenté d'imposer Majel Barrett dans l'épisode pilote The Cage dans le rôle de Number One (Numéro 1), officier en second de l'USS Enterprise d'une froideur et d'une logique extrême. Les responsables de la chaîne NBC ne voulurent pas de ce rôle : une femme commandant en second d'un vaisseau spatial, ce n'était pas envisageable à l'époque. Roddenberry créa alors le rôle de l'infirmière Christine Chapel pour que l'actrice participe à l'aventure.

Roddenberry et Barrett se marient le 6 août 1969 dans un temple bouddhiste. L'actrice prête sa voix aux ordinateurs de l'Enterprise dans la série classique, de l'Enterprise-D dans Star Trek : La Nouvelle Génération ainsi que la série Star Trek: Voyager et Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Dans Star Trek : La Nouvelle Génération, elle tient le rôle, loufoque, de Lwaxana Troi, la mère de la conseillère Deanna Troi. Elle est apparue dans la série Babylon 5 épisode " Point of No Return », comme Lady Morella, la veuve psychique du Centaure empereur, un rôle qui préfigure les principaux éléments de l'intrigue de la série.


Majel began taking acting classes as a child. She attended Shaker Heights High School, graduating in 1950 before going on to the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, then had some stage roles and came to Hollywood. Her father, William Hudec, was a Cleveland police officer. He was killed in the line of duty in 1955 while Majel was touring with an off-Broadway road company. She was briefly seen in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) in an ad parody at the beginning of the film, and had roles in a few movies including Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961), Sylvia (1965), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and Track of Thunder (1967). She worked at the Desilu Studios on several TV shows, including Bonanza, The Untouchables, The Lucy Show, and The Lieutenant (produced by Gene Roddenberry). She received training in comedy from Lucille Ball. In 1960, she played Gwen Rutherford on Leave It to Beaver.

Star Trek
In various roles, Barrett participated in every incarnation of the popular science fiction Star Trek franchise produced during her lifetime, including live-action and animated versions, television and cinema, and all of the time periods in which the various series have been set.

She first appeared in Star Trek's initial pilot, "The Cage" (1964), as the USS Enterprise's unnamed first officer, "Number One". Barrett was romantically involved with Roddenberry, whose marriage was on the verge of failing at the time, and the idea of having an otherwise unknown woman in a leading role just because she was the producer's girlfriend is said to have infuriated NBC network executives who insisted that Roddenberry give the role to a man. William Shatner corroborated this in Star Trek Memories, and added that female viewers at test screenings hated the character as well. Shatner noted that women viewers felt she was "pushy" and "annoying" and also thought that "Number One shouldn't be trying so hard to fit in with the men." Barrett often joked that Roddenberry, given the choice between keeping Mr. Spock (whom the network also hated) or the woman character, "kept the Vulcan and married the woman, 'cause he didn't think Leonard [Nimoy] would have it the other way around."

Her role in subsequent episodes of Star Trek was altered to that of Nurse Christine Chapel, a frequently recurring character, known for her unrequited affection for the dispassionate Spock. Her first appearance as Chapel in film dailies prompted NBC executive Jerry Stanley to yodel "Well, well--look who's back!". In an early scene in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, viewers are informed that she has now become Doctor Chapel, a role which she reprised briefly in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Barrett provided several voices for Star Trek: The Animated Series, including those of Nurse Chapel and a communications officer named M'Ress, an ailuroid officer who served alongside Uhura. She would return years later in Star Trek: The Next Generation, cast as the outrageously self-assertive, iconoclastic Betazoid ambassador Lwaxana Troi, who appeared as a recurring character in the series. Her character often vexed the captain of the Enterprise, Jean-Luc Picard, who spurned her amorous advances. Barrett later appeared as Ambassador Troi in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, where in stark contrast, she developed a strong relationship with Constable Odo.

She provided the regular voice of the onboard computers of Federation starships for Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and most of the Star Trek movies. She reprised her role as a shipboard computer's voice in two episodes of the prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise, thus making her the only actor to have a role in all six televised Star Trek series. She also lent her voice to various computer games and software related to the franchise. The iconic association of her voice to interactions with computers led to Google's Assistant project being initially codenamed Google Majel. Barrett had also made a point of attending a major Star Trek convention each year in an effort to inspire fans and keep the franchise alive.

Barrett is also one of six actors (the others being Jonathan Frakes, Kate Mulgrew, George Takei, Avery Brooks and Michael Dorn) to lend their voices to the CD-ROM Star Trek: Captain's Chair, reprising her role as the voice of the ships' computers.

On December 9, 2008, less than 10 days before her death, Roddenberry Productions announced that she would be providing the voice of the ship's computer once again, this time for the 2009 motion picture relaunch of Star Trek. Sean Rossall, a Roddenberry family spokesman, stated that she had already completed the voiceover work, approximately December 4, 2008. The film is dedicated to her as well as Gene.

Barrett and her husband, Gene Roddenberry, were honored in 2002 by the Space Foundation with the Douglas S. Morrow Public Outreach Award for their work creating awareness of and enthusiasm for space.

Other roles

My mother truly acknowledged and appreciated the fact that Star Trek fans played a vital role in keeping the Roddenberry dream alive for the past 42 years. It was her love for the fans, and their love in return, that kept her going for so long after my father passed away.

— Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, Jr.,

She appeared as Primus Dominic in Roddenberry's 1973 post-apocalyptic TV drama pilot, Genesis II, as Dr. Bradley in his 1974 TV movie The Questor Tapes, and as Lilith the housekeeper in his 1977 TV drama pilot, Spectre. She also appeared in Michael Crichton's 1973 sci-fi western, Westworld as Miss Carrie, a robot brothel madam, the 1977 Stanley Kramer thriller The Domino Principle, and the 1979 TV movie The Man in the Santa Claus Suit starring Fred Astaire. Her later film appearances included small roles in Teresa's Tattoo (1994) and Mommy (1995).

After Gene Roddenberry's death, Barrett took material from his archives to bring two of his ideas into production. She was executive producer of Earth: Final Conflict (in which she also played the character Dr. Julianne Belman), and Andromeda. She also served as creative director for Gene Roddenberry's Lost Universe, a comic book series based on another archival Roddenberry concept.

In a gesture of goodwill between the creators of the Star Trek franchise and of Babylon 5 (some of whose fans viewed them as rivals), she appeared in the Babylon 5 episode "Point of No Return", as Lady Morella, the psychic widow of the Centauri emperor, a role which foreshadowed major plot elements in the series.

Parodying her voice work as the computer for the Star Trek series, Barrett performed as a guest voice on Family Guy as the voice of Stewie Griffin's ship's computer in the episode "Emission Impossible".

The voice in the railroads
The Southern Pacific Railroad used her voice talent contained inside Harmon Electronics (of Grain Valley, MO) track-side defect detector devices, used in various locations west of the Mississippi River. When a defect is identified on the passing train, the system responds with her recorded voice announcing the defect location information to the train crew over the radio. In railroad forums and railroad radio monitoring groups she was and is still referred to as the "SP Lady". However, with the implementation of newer hotbox detector technology, finding her voice today on working detectors is very rare. The hotbox detectors that had her voice installed in them were not upgradeable to the newer digital signaling requirements, and finding parts for them was problematic. Today her voice is found on smaller regional railroads, usually only at dragging equipment locations, such as in California at milepost 24.6 on the Metrolink Lancaster line (under the I-5 and I-210 interchange in Sylmar), and in Oregon on the Portland & Western at milepost 746.5, near Lake Oswego. These voiced detectors remain because the lines were once owned by Southern Pacific, and because only two non-changing pre-recorded messages are used, compared to the dynamic changing library used in hotbox detectors. The only railroad that still uses her voice today is Union Pacific.

Final voiceover work
Some of Barrett's final voiceover work was still in post-production, to be released in 2009 after her death, as mentioned in the credits of the 2009 movie Star Trek, again as the computer's voice. An animated production called Hamlet A.D.D. credited her as Majel Barrett Roddenberry, playing the voice over role of Queen Robot.

Barrett-Roddenberry died on the morning of December 18, 2008, at her home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, California, as a result of leukemia. She was 76 years old.

A public funeral was held on January 4, 2009, in Los Angeles. More than 250 people attended including Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, her on-screen daughter Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton and many Trekkies.

After Gene Roddenberry died in 1991, his wife had commissioned Celestis Inc., a company that specializes in "memorial spaceflights", to launch a part of his remains into space in 1997. On January 26, 2009, Celestis said that it would ship the remains of Gene Roddenberry and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry into space the following year, but the launch has been delayed. The couple's cremated remains will be sealed into specially made capsules designed to withstand space travel. A rocket-launched spacecraft will carry the capsules, along with digitized tributes from fans. The spacecraft is currently planned to launch in 2016.

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Filmographie de Majel Barrett (24 films)

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Hamlet A.D.D., 1h40
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Comédie
Thèmes La famille, Politique, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre de William Shakespeare, Royauté
Acteurs Mark Metcalf, Majel Barrett, Dustin Diamond, Kevin Murphy, Trace Beaulieu, Mark Borchardt
Rôle Queen Robot (voice) (as Majel Barrett Roddenberry)
Note69% 3.453463.453463.453463.453463.45346
Hamlet is an easily distracted prince who is not quite ready to do the task at hand. Challenged to kill his uncle Claudius by the ghost of his recently dead dad, Hamlet enthusiastically proceeds to do everything but. From practicing stage acting in the 1800s to producing a television drama in the 1950s, from dancing at the discothèque in the 1970s to culinary prankery in the distant future, Hamlet always manages to find something to distract himself from taking revenge for his father's murder.
Trek Nation, 1h28
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Documentaire
Thèmes L'espace, La télévision, Dans l'espace, Space opera
Acteurs Rod Roddenberry, Gene Roddenberry, Majel Barrett, Ronald D. Moore
Rôle Elle-même
Note72% 3.6353.6353.6353.6353.635
Ce documentaire analyse l'impact qu'a pu avoir Star Trek et son créateur, Gene Roddenberry. À travers le regard de Rod Roddenberry , le fils de Gene, ce documentaire donne la parole à des acteurs et techniciens qui ont travaillé sur l'un ou l'une des séries ou films de l'univers Star Trek, à des fans, célèbres ou non…
Star Trek
Star Trek (2009)
, 2h7
Réalisé par J. J. Abrams
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'espace, Voyage dans le temps, Dans l'espace, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre
Acteurs Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Ben Cross
Rôle Starfleet Computer (voice)
Note78% 3.946593.946593.946593.946593.94659
2233. Le USS Kelvin est le témoin d'un étrange phénomène, un gigantesque vaisseau inconnu (le Narada) surgissant d'un trou noir. Le vaisseau de la fédération est rapidement mis hors de combat et le capitaine du Narada, Néro, demande au capitaine du Kelvin, Robau, de se rendre sur la passerelle ennemie. Robau est interrogé par le second du capitaine romulien. Irrité par la date stellaire donnée par Robau, Néro tue ce dernier. Devenu capitaine du Kelvin, George Kirk ordonne l'évacuation du vaisseau. Sa femme, évacuée dans une navette, donne prématurément le jour à James T. Kirk. L'équipage mis en sécurité, le nouveau capitaine jette le Kelvin sur le Narada mais la défaillance du pilotage automatique l'oblige à rester sur place pour couvrir la fuite des survivants.
Star Trek : Nemesis, 1h56
Réalisé par Stuart Baird
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Thriller, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'espace, Dans l'espace, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre, Mise en scène d'un robot
Acteurs Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden
Rôle Voix de l'ordinateur
Note63% 3.1986553.1986553.1986553.1986553.198655
En 2379, tous les membres du sénat impérial romulien, réunis dans leur rotonde, sont assassinés par un rayonnement qui les transforme en pierre.
Star Trek : Insurrection, 1h43
Réalisé par Jonathan Frakes
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Thriller, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'espace, Dans l'espace, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre, Mise en scène d'un robot
Acteurs Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden
Rôle la voix du vaisseau Enterprise
Note63% 3.199973.199973.199973.199973.19997
Le capitaine Jean-Luc Picard et son équipage doivent commettre l'irréparable pour protéger le secret de la jeunesse éternelle d'un peuple extraterrestre, les Ba'ku contre une autre race extraterrestre et contre la Fédération elle-même.
Star Trek : Premier Contact, 1h51
Réalisé par Jonathan Frakes
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Thriller, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'espace, Voyage dans le temps, Dans l'espace, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre, Mise en scène d'un robot
Acteurs Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden
Note75% 3.79833.79833.79833.79833.7983
Les Borgs sont des entités moitié organiques, moitié machines. Leur seul but est de conquérir et assimiler toutes les autres races dans le but de devenir des êtres parfaits.
Mommy (1995)
, 1h29
Réalisé par Max Allan Collins
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Horreur
Acteurs Patty McCormack, Jason Miller, Brinke Stevens, Majel Barrett
Rôle Mrs. Withers
Note50% 2.517572.517572.517572.517572.51757
Mrs. Sterling (Patty McCormack) is psychotically obsessed with her 12-year-old daughter, Jessica Ann (Rachel Lemieux), so much so that when she finds out Jessica didn't get the "Student of the Year" award again, she solves the problem by murdering the teacher who didn't recommend her for it.
Teresa's Tattoo, 1h28
Réalisé par Julie Cypher
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Comédie, Action, Policier
Acteurs C. Thomas Howell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Matt Adler, Nancy McKeon, Melissa Etheridge, Kiefer Sutherland
Rôle Henrietta
Note45% 2.2726852.2726852.2726852.2726852.272685
Mathematician Teresa just wanted to study during the College spring break. But her friends, who wanted her to live a little, dragged her out to parties. The next thing she knows, she has been drugged, kidnapped, made a redhead, tattooed, and is wearing leather! It's the old switcheroo in this action comedy that follows the exploits of desperate extortionists. Gloria is a fluffhead with a Chinese dragon tattooed upon her chest. She wears lovely holograph earrings that just happen to contain classified detail of the U.S. space program. She is taken hostage by the bumbling extortionists and their leader Carl, former head of a freezer treat company. Unfortunately for them, Gloria accidentally drowns in their pool when she tangles with a beach ball. Now the crooks must find a lookalike for Gloria. They find her in Teresa, a college girl with a talent for mathematics. She is captured and tattooed. She soon escapes leading the crooks on a merry chase. Joining in the hunt for Teresa is an FBI agent and her new boyfriend.
Star Trek IV : Retour sur Terre, 1h50
Réalisé par Leonard Nimoy
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Action, Aventure, Science-fiction humoristique
Thèmes Mise en scène d'un animal, L'espace, La mer, Transport, Voyage dans le temps, Dans l'espace, Cétacé, Comédie de science-fiction, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre, Mise en scène d'un cétacé
Acteurs William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, George Takei, Walter Koenig
Rôle Commandant Chapel
Note72% 3.649243.649243.649243.649243.64924
En 2285, au cours de leur mission de sauvetage sur Genesis, l’Enterprise a été détruit. C'est donc aux commandes d'un oiseau de proie Klingon volé que Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Sulu, Uhura, Chekov, Scotty et Saavik sont revenus sur Vulcain.
Star Trek : Le Film, 2h6
Réalisé par Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Robert Wise, Stephen Collins, Gene Roddenberry, Persis Khambatta
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction, Action, Aventure
Thèmes L'espace, Dans l'espace, Le futur, Extra-terrestres, Politique, Space opera, Extraterrestre, Mise en scène d'un robot
Acteurs William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols
Rôle le Dr. Christine Chapel
Note63% 3.1999753.1999753.1999753.1999753.199975
Une entité extraterrestre apparemment hostile, et maître d'une nuée se développant sur plus de 80 unités astronomiques, se dirige tout droit vers la Terre. L'Amiral Kirk est chargé par Starfleet de reconnaître l'entité et évaluer la menace. Il reprend alors les commandes de l'USS Enterprise, qu'il avait abandonnées à la suite de sa promotion, et découvre un vaisseau entièrement remodelé. Le capitaine Will Decker, évincé de son commandement, accepte néanmoins de le seconder grâce à sa connaissance des modifications apportées au vaisseau. Sur la route d'interception de l'entité, l’Enterprise accueille Spock qui revient de sa retraite sur Vulcain. Spock a été en contact mental avec l'entité, qui se fait appeler V'Ger.
The Man in the Santa Claus Suit, 1h44
Réalisé par Corey Allen
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame
Thèmes Noël
Acteurs Fred Astaire, Gary Burghoff, John Byner, Bert Convy, Tara Buckman, Brooke Bundy
Rôle Miss Forsythe
Note66% 3.338743.338743.338743.338743.33874
The mysterious owner of a New York costume store (Astaire) sells Santa suits to three different men. He later shows up in various roles to help the men change their lives. (chauffeur, policeman, jeweler, hot dog vendor, taxi driver, floor walker, and choral director) Bob Willis (Burghoff) is a math teacher who is madly in love with a young fashion model and prominent figure in the disco scene, Polly Primer (Buckman). Polly, however, is already engaged to marry wealthy and handsome Rod Sanborn (Greenan). He hopes to impress her by showing up in a santa suit, but withdraws when he learns of Rod's marriage proposal to her. Polly is not sure to marry Rod and hints to Bob that she longs for being swept away by another guy, but Bob is too shy to act on it. Realizing he would lose her forever to Rod, he interrupts her at a fashion show and tells her he loves her. Polly then reveals having fallen in love with him ever since he first spoke about math, and she accepts his marriage proposal.
La théorie des dominos, 1h37
Réalisé par Stanley Kramer
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Drame, Thriller, Policier
Thèmes Politique
Acteurs Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Mickey Rooney, Richard Widmark, Edward Albert, Eli Wallach
Rôle Mrs. Schnaible
Note57% 2.8524652.8524652.8524652.8524652.852465
Tout ce que Roy Tucker a gagné en combattant au Viêt Nam, c’est son adresse au tir au fusil. Sinon, c’est un loser chronique mais au caractère indomptable qui a été condamné à 20 ans de réclusion pour meurtre. Un jour, il reçoit dans sa prison la visite d’un mystérieux inconnu qui lui propose de recouvrer sa liberté en échange d'un « petit service »… Tucker accepte et se trouve plongé au cœur d’une ténébreuse conspiration...
Spectre (1977)
, 1h38
Réalisé par Clive Donner
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Horreur
Thèmes Diable
Acteurs Robert Culp, Gig Young, John Hurt, James Villiers, Ann Bell, Gordon Jackson
Rôle Lilith
Note61% 3.053553.053553.053553.053553.05355
Le criminologue et occultiste William Sebastian est engagé par Anitra Cyon afin de protéger son frère Geoffrey qu'elle suspecte d'utiliser la magie noire pour ses affaires. Sebastian qui a une santé chancelante à la suite de son affrontement avec le démon Asmodeus est assisté par une infirmière et gouvernante Lilith. Pour cette affaire, William demande à son vieil ami le Docteur Hamilton de lui venir en aide. Ils prennent l'avion pour l'Angleterre et font route vers la propriété des Cyon. Sur place, Geoffrey accuse sa sœur d'être folle mais les deux héros sont témoins de phénomènes surnaturels.
The Questor Tapes, 1h32
Réalisé par Richard Colla
Origine Etats-Unis
Genres Science-fiction
Thèmes Mise en scène d'un robot
Acteurs Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon, Lew Ayres, James Shigeta, Robert Douglas
Rôle Dr. Bradley
Note67% 3.3896753.3896753.3896753.3896753.389675
Project Questor is the brainchild of the genius Dr. Emil Vaslovik, a Nobel laureate. Vaslovik had developed plans to build a super-human android. A team of the world's foremost experts is able to build the android, even though they do not understand the components with which they are working — they are only able to follow the instructions, and install the parts, left by Vaslovik, who has disappeared. Attempts to decode the programming tape were worse than merely unsuccessful—they also erased approximately half of the tape's contents. They decide to substitute their own programming, over the objections of Jerome "Jerry" Robinson (Mike Farrell), the only team member who had actually worked with Dr. Vaslovik. He is overruled by the head of the project, Geoffrey Darrow (John Vernon). When the android's body has been finished, the new tape is loaded, but with no apparent results. In desperation, Robinson persuades Darrow to allow Vaslovik's tape — what remains of it — to be loaded. Again, the team is disappointed, as there appears to be no response.