Rod Roddenberry Wants Majel Barrett-Roddenberry’s Voice to ‘Go Down in Posterity as the Computer Voice’

April 6, 2022

Gene Roddenberry’s wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, was more than just his wife. She was an integral part of the Star Trek franchise so much so that Trekkies refer to her as the First Lady of Star Trek. Barrett-Roddenberry’s first role was in the franchise’s pilot episode “The Cage,” as Number One, Captain Pike’s second in command. However, the studio didn’t believe that the audience would watch a show with a woman in that position, so she was recast in Star Trek: The Original Series as Nurse Christine Chapel. Later on, she played Lwaxana Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation (her favorite role). However, Barrett-Roddenberry is also known as the voice of all the Federation’s starships and computers, and her voice inspired many popular virtual assistants today, with her son Rod Roddenberry hoping that one day her voice will “go down in posterity as the computer voice.”

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