There is more sad news today as it has been reported that actress Arlene Martel has passed away. Famous for her role as T’Pring in the original Star Trek, Martel was 78. More details plus condolences from some Trek luminaries below.
Arlene Martel: 1936-2014
Today the world of Star Trek mourns another loss with the passing of actress Arlene Martel. News of her passing came earlier today via Facebook from "These are the Voyages" author Marc Cushman, who had recently appeared with Martel at an event in Santa Monica on June 28th – which was her last public appearance. Martel was scheduled to appear at the recent Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, but was hospitalized at the time. Cushman tells TrekMovie that Martel passed away during the night at West Hills Hospital, due to complications after heart surgery.
Star Trek fans most remember Martel for her role as Spock’s bonded mate from the episode "Amok Time." The role was actually the third she had auditioned for on Star Trek, previously she came close to being cast as Elizabeth Dehner for "Where No Man Has Gone Before" and Sylvia in "Catspaw." The actress returned to Star Trek in 2007 to play a Vulcan Priestess in the independent production of Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
Martel’s acting career spanned decades starting in 1958, with dozens of guest roles on TV series, including The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, My Favorite Martian, Bewitched, Columbo, Mannix, Rockford Files, Battlestar Galactica and many others. She had a recurring role in Hogan’s Heroes playing the French resistance fighter Tiger Lily
Condolences for Martel from Trek luminaries, including those who worked with her, are already appearing in social media. Here are a few…
Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent.
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) August 13, 2014
Parted from us but never parted…RIP Amok Time's Arlene Martel.
— Mark A. Altman (@markaaltman) August 13, 2014
— Marc Zicree (@MarcZicree) August 13, 2014
Stonn wanted me. I wanted Stonn. R.I.P., Arlene Martel. pic.twitter.com/oS5LtsdcVD
— Robert J. Sawyer (@RobertJSawyer) August 12, 2014
Arlene Martel, aka TOS' "T'Pring," has passed away. She was a lovely woman. I wish there was no room for one more, honey.
— Robert Meyer Burnett (@BurnettRM) August 12, 2014
Saddened to hear Arlene Martel, T'Pring in Star Trek: "Amok Time" has died. She also starred in Outer Limits: "Demon With a Glass Hand."
— Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) August 12, 2014
— The Twilight Zone (@TheNightGallery) August 12, 2014
The thoughts TrekMovie staff are with Martel’s friends and family at this difficult time.