Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Rand on Star Trek, Dead at 85

Grace Lee Whitney Death

Grace Lee Whitney, best known as Yeoman Janice Rand in the original Star Trek series, died on May 1 at her home in Coarsegold, Calif. She was 85.

Whitney was fired at the end of Star Trek‘s first season, but she went on to reprise her role as Janice 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. She also guest-starred in a 1996 episode of Star Trek: Voyager that commemorated the 30th anniversary of the franchise.

In her autobiography The Longest Trek, Whitney opened up about her struggle with alcoholism, as well as her departure from Star Trek in 1966. “They wanted William Shatner to have romances in each episode with a different person, because for him to be stuck with one woman was not good for him and it wasn’t good for the audience,” she wrote. “That’s what they told me, so I was written out.”

Whitney spent her later years “helping herself and others find daily sobriety and a higher power out of addiction,” her son, Jonathan Dweck, told The Fresno Bee.

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7 Comments
  1. Ralph says:

    Farewell Grace Lee. From all reports she had her demons. I hope she rests in peace.

  2. Drew says:

    Sad news. It was cool to see her rejoin the Star Trek universe in later years.

  3. Mr. Tran K says:

    Another Star Trek alum is now gone following in the heels of Leonard Nimoy. They already lost the likes of DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), James Doohan (Montgomery Scott) and Majel Barrett. RIP Grace Lee Whitney

    • So true, it will be such a sad day when William Shatner passes. I really wish I would have only watched the shows from my generation but then I couldnt call myself a true fan

  4. The Kaibosh says:

    “Captain, look at my legs.” Indeed. Farewell, and rest in peace.

  5. She will be loved and missed by all, Trekkers as well as fans from her other works. R.I.P Grace

  6. David Mangum says:

    She was gorgeous, its to bad she was written out, she could have added to a awesome cast in so many ways, it doesn’t seem possible so much time has passed, rest in peace dear lady.