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December 11, 2018

‘Star Trek’ actress Celeste Yarnell dies at 74 after lengthy fight with cancer

October 11, 2018
Celeste Yarnall has died at 74 after a fight with cancer. (JEAN BAPTISTE LACROIX / AFP/Getty Images)

Actress Celeste Yarnall, who made a lasting impression in her lone appearance on “Star Trek,” has died following a lengthy fight with ovarian cancer.

She was 74.




Yarnell passed away on Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, Calif. where she was accompanied by her family, according to StarTrek.com, which was first to share news of her death.

In her only appearance on the original “Star Trek” series, Yarnall portrayed Yeoman Martha Landon — a member of Captain Kirk’s landing party and the romantic interest of Pavel Chekok — in an episode titled “The Apple” that aired in 1967.

She remained part of the franchise in the decades after, regularly going to conventions for the show and chronicling her fight with cancer in blog posts on the “Star Trek” website. She also appeared in a 2007 “Star Trek” fan series “Of Gods and Men.”

Yarnell was diagnosed with stage 3 Primary Peritoneal cancer in November 2014. She wrote in one post for StarTrek.com shortly after she was diagnosed that she was eager to return to making appearances in an effort to share her story with others.

“However I can reach and inspire people to help themselves personally and help our planet come together in oneness and peace, I want to do it, and sharing my cancer story is part of that,” she wrote in February 2015. “Thank you so much dear friends!”

In addition to appearing on “Star Trek,” Yarnall had roles in the 1963 flick “The Nutty Professor” and in the 1968 Elvis Presley movie “Live a Little, Love a Little.”

Yarnell’s husband, artist Nazim Nazim, fondly remembered his wife of nine years during a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter after her death.

“She was magnificent in everything she did,” he told the outlet. “She was my beloved queen.”




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