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Grace Lee Whitney – MovieActors.com

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Whitney in THE CORBOMITE MANEUVER
(Classic Star Trek).


About Grace Lee Whitney (1930 – 2015)

Grace Lee Whitney was born on April 1, 1930, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her birth name is Mary Ann Chase. Grace died on May 1, 2015.

Sometimes Grace Lee Whitney is credited as Grace Whitnet, Grace Elaine Whitney, Lee Whitney or Ruth Whitney. her friends call her Gracie.


Actor Scott Whitney is Grace's son. Scott had two uncredited roles following in his mother's footsteps. He was on the TV series STAR TREK: TOS as a small boy in 1966. In 1979, he was in the movie STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE as a Vulcan Medic.

Making her Broadway debut, Grace Lee Whitney was cast in the stage production of TOP BANANA. This led to being in the 1954 United Artists film, TOP BANANA.

Probably Grace's most well known role is portraying Yeoman Janice Rand, in the original Star TREK TV series , that was on NBC from 1966-1969. her character was supposed to be the lead female character, but the suits decided to write her character out of the series half way through the first season, much to the angst of the the shows fans. So, her character was included in the Star Trek films.

Apparently, her character, Janice Rand went back to school as Captain Kirk suggested and explored a variety of careers with Star Fleet, according to the cult classic STAR TREK movies and spinn-off STAR TREK series, where Grace reprised her character who was promoted along the way.

It all started for Grace in 1979's movie STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, portraying Yeoman Janice Rand.

In the 1984 film, STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK, where Grace had a non-speaking part, just being a woman in the cafeteria. Janice Rand was in Communications School during this adventure.

The next movie was 1986 STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME, where Janice Rand was an officer.

The last movie was in 1991 STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, where her character was the Senior Excelsior Communications Officer, under Captain Sulu. She was present when the Excelsior entered the Battle of Khitomer, against Chan, helping Kirk and Spock defeat the enemy.

Grace Lee Whitney wrote an autobiography titled The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy,which was about how she struggled with and overcame alcoholism and drug addiction, particularly marijuana.

Playing the same role that made her a legend with Trek fan's. Grace Lee Whitney has been on several of the TV episodes in the STAR TREK series, the first was in 1966 on the series STAR TREK:TOS.

Years later, in 1996, Grace Lee Whitney was on a episode of the STAR TREK: VOYAGER series playing the same character, only of Commander of Star Fleet's Communications School Janice Rand.

Taking several uncredited roles Grace Lee Whitney was in films like POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES (1961), SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959), THE NAKED AND THE DEAD, RIDING SHOTGUN AND TOP BANANA.

Grace Lee Whitney's notable movie credits include...

STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY (1991)
STAR TREK IV: THE VOYAGE HOME (1986)
STAR TREK III: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK (1984)
STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE (1979)
THE MAN FROM GALVESTON (1963)
IRMA LA DOUCE (1963)
A PUBLIC AFFAIR (1962)
MYSTERY RANGE (1947)

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Whitney with Dr. McCoy in MIRI (Classic Star Trek).

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Grace Lee Whitney with William Shatner in
BALANCE OF TERROR (Classic Star Trek).


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Grace Lee Whitney in CHARLIE X
(Classic Star Trek).