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“Star Trek” Actress Joanne Linville Dies Aged 93

Joanne Linville | Image: Getty Images

US actress Joanne Linville, who was known for her role as a Romulan commander in “Star Trek” the original TV series, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 93.


Linville’s family in a statement said she “lived a full life.”

“One whose spirit, passion for art and life was an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of knowing her,” the statement continued. “A loving mother and proud grandmother.”

Born Beverly Joanne Linville on Jan. 15, 1928, in Bakersfield, California, stood out in an acclaimed 1961 episode of “The Twilight Zone.” She played a Southern belle in the final days of the Civil War who learns the cost of war and hatred in one of the classic series’ famous twists.

Joanne Linville as Romulan Commander in the STAR TREK episode, “The Enterprise Incident.”<br />CBS VIA GETTY IMAGES

Linville, who studied acting with Stella Adler, was a frequent TV guest star and film actor from the 1950s through the 1980s, with roles in more than 100 shows and movies.

She appeared on classic series including “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Gunsmoke,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Ben Casey,” “Route 66,” “I Spy,” “Bonanza,” “The Fugitive,” “Hawaii Five-,” “Kojak,” “The Streets of San Francisco,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Dynasty” and “L.A. Law.”

In the late ‘80s, Linville and Adler started an acting conservatory under Adler’s name. Linville also wrote a book “Seven Steps to an Acting Craft,” published September 2011.

Linville’s movie credits include “The Goddess” (1958), “Scorpio” (1973), “Gable and Lombard” (1976), “A Star Is Born” (1976) and “The Seduction” (1982). She played gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in “James Dean,” a 2001 TV movie starring James Franco and directed by her ex-husband, Mark Rydell.

Besides Rydell, Linville is survived by their two children, Christopher Rydell and Amy Rydell; grandchildren Austen, Ruby and Ginger; and great-grandson Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell, the son of Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd and Linville’s grandson Austen Rydell.

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