Grace Lee Whitney

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Grace Lee Whitney Wiki Biography

Born on 1 April 1 1930, Grace Lee Whitney donned the hats of an actress and singer. Regrettably, she isn’t with us anymore as she bid adieu to life in 2015. However, she was able to leave a legacy behind and she will be forever remembered for her portrayal of the character, Janice Rand, in the television series, ¨Star Trek.¨ Her career spanned over five decades!

So, how much was Grace Lee Whitney worth before passing away? Authoritative sources estimate Perrey´s fortune to be worth around the $2 million mark. She made most of her fortune appearing in over 15 films and making over 100 appearances In TV shows and series.

Not many people are aware of the fact that Grace Lee Whitney is actually not the actress´s original name. Before being adopted by the Whitney family, she was formerly known as Mary Ann Chase. When just 14 years old, she dived into the entertainment industry working as a “girl” singer on Detroit´s “WJR radio”. In her late teens, she decided to leave her home and move to Chicago, where she pursued her singing career, often performing as an opening act for Buddy Rich and Billie Holiday in nightclubs. She would eventually get the opportunity to tour with the likes of Spike Jones and Fred Waring too, laying the basis to her net worth.

Although Whitney was involved in a host of movies, notably “A Public Affair”, “Critic´s Choice”, and “The Man from Galveston”, and though she made numerous appearances on TV shows such as “You Bet Your Life”,  “The Red Skelton Show”, and “The Jimmy Durante Show”, it was not until she was cast as Yeoman Janice Rand in 1966 in the TV series, “Star Trek” that she truly tasted success. On being cast for the role, she later mentioned, “I was on diet pills trying to stay thin—and I was very thin. They wanted you to fit into the uniforms and I couldn´t quite so I went on amphetamines”. She would later claim to be sexually harassed while under contract. The actress was released from her contract after appearing in eight of the first thirteen episodes, after which she said in an interview, “They wanted William Shatner to have romances in each episode with a different person, because for him to be stuck with one woman was not good for him and it wasn´t good for the audience. That´s what they told me, so I was written out”.

After her contract termination from the show, it would be a fair while before she would land a meaty role again. Ironically, her next major role would come in Star Trek again, in the 1979 film, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, for the role of Transporter Chief Janice Rand, which she would go on to reprise in the following Star Trek film franchise.

The last time she would create a major stir would be in the year, 1998—that year saw her releasing her autobiography, “The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galax”, in which she gave the public insights on how she was hired and fired from “Star Trek”. She was also honest about her addiction to substance and alcohol.

In her personal life, Whitney was married to Sydney Stevan Dweck from 1954 to 60, with whom she had two sons, and to Jack Dale (1970-91). She worked tirelessly towards helping people overcome their substance and alcohol abuse. The actress crossed the great divide on 1 May 2015 at the age of 85 of natural causes, at her abode in Coarsegold.

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Grace Lee Whitney Quick Info

Full NameGrace Lee Whitney
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthApril 1, 1930, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
DiedMay 1, 2015, Coarsegold, California, United States
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
SpouseJack Dale (m. 1965–1991), Sydney Stevan Dweck (m. 1954–1966)
ChildrenScott Whitney
NicknamesMary Ann Chase , Lee Whitney , Ruth Whitney , Gracie , Grace Whitney , Grace Elaine Whitney , Amazing Grace
MoviesStar Trek: Of Gods and Men, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Irma la Douce, The Texan Meets Calamity Jane
TV ShowsYou Bet Your Life, The Red Skelton Show, The Jimmy Durante Show

Grace Lee Whitney Trademarks

  1. Seductive deep voice
  2. Voluptuous figure
  3. Sparkling blue eyes
  4. Platinum blonde hair

Grace Lee Whitney Quotes

  • [2013] When I told the fans I was an alcoholic, they all applauded. When I told them I had given myself to a higher power, they cheered again. I’m in a great place because I’ve gone full circle.
  • [on her termination from the original Star Trek (1966) series] They wanted William Shatner to have romances in each episode with a different person, because for him to be stuck with one woman was not good for him and it wasn’t good for the audience. That’s what they told me, so I was written out. There were two blonde girls and one black girl. Nichelle Nichols was a more important character and couldn’t be written out. Everything’s political in America. One of the blondes have to go. The other one was engaged to the boss, so guess who went? I just about killed myself. I drank, that’s what we do, we drink to get rid of pain. I was really mad. My God, was I bitter.
  • [interview in iFMagazine, September 2006, asked for her opinion on Star Trek (2009) being a prequel film] I don’t know how that’s going to go. I just don’t know about that. I don’t know how fans will react to that. How can you go back beyond the classic Trek? They tried that on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), but did it go, did it work? I think Scott Bakula was terrific on that show. But it didn’t last as long as some of the others, and I wonder what happened and why that is.
  • [interview in iFMagazine, September 2006, on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007)] It’s cute because I have a nice interchange with Pavel Chekov, and I have a nice interchange with Uhura. It’s like old times. It’s all very déjà vu. It’s like no time has gone by at all. We did Voyager [Star Trek: Voyager (1995)] in 1996. It’s like ten years, and in Star Trek ten years is not very long at all. Look at how much time was between the original series and the Motion Picture.
  • [interview in iFMagazine, October 2006, asked if she is surprised at how popular the original Star Trek (1966) series has become] Oh, yeah. It was an acting gig and we thought that Spock was weird and we thought the only reason we were being hired was to sell color television sets, and wasn’t Kirk cute? I mean, gosh, he was cute! I was in the middle of the both of them [Kirk and Spock]. Then after the series, I went on to do Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and that was supposed to be a series originally. They wrote it as a series, and when Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) came out, Paramount jumped off the roof and they went into the motion picture, and George Takei and I did Star Trek: Voyager (1995). That was going to be a series. We were supposed to have our own show, and they did Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) instead. It was supposed to be George and Gracie [i.e., The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950)] on the Excelsior.
  • [on the famous ‘Yeoman Rand’ basketweave hairstyle from the original Star Trek (1966) series] It was so heavy it kept listing to the left, I swear they had to nail that thing to my head! It was gorgeous Max Factor hair. It cost a lot of money and somebody stole it. I still have visions of that damn wig turning up. I go down to Skid Row for my recovery program – I’m clean and sober now – and I keep expecting to find some bag lady or drag queen wearing it!

Grace Lee Whitney Important Facts

  • Since she has passed away, William Shatner is now the oldest living cast member of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
  • Moved to Coarsegold, California in 1993 and continued her fellowship work in Fresno and Madera Counties, completely dedicating her life to helping herself and others find daily sobriety and a higher power out of addiction. She wanted to be known more as a survivor of addiction than as a Star Trek (1966) cast member.
  • Her famous role as Yeoman Janice Rand in the first season of Star Trek (1966) was supposed to be the lead female character. However, the producers let go of the character after the first half of the first season, much to the fans’ regret. However, she was asked back for most of the Star Trek movies, reprising her role as Janice Rand.
  • According to her autobiography, “The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy”, she struggled with and overcame alcoholism and drug addiction, particularly marijuana.
  • In 1998, she appeared in an episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993) with her Star Trek (1966) castmates George Takei, Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett.
  • Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for her role as Yeoman Janice Rand on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
  • Was a professional singer before becoming an actress, and at one point, toured with Red Ingle and his band.
  • Had appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Diagnosis Murder (1993).
  • Two Star Trek action figures were made in the likeness of her Star Trek character, Yeoman Janice Rand.
  • Had a singing group called “Star”, with which she regularly entertained at nightclubs and at Star Trek conventions.
  • Mother of Jonathan Dweck and Scott Whitney.

Grace Lee Whitney Filmography

Bat Masterson1961TV SeriesLouise TalbotActress
Zane Grey Theater1961TV SeriesEllenActress
Overland Trail1960TV SeriesSaloon GirlActress
Some Like It Hot1959Rosella (uncredited)Actress
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1958TV SeriesSaloon GirlActress
The Naked and the Dead1958Girl in Dream Sequence (uncredited)Actress
Mike Hammer1958TV SeriesTempest FlameActress
The Walter Winchell File1958TV SeriesMidgeActress
Top Banana1954Miss Holland (uncredited)Actress
Star Trek: Of Gods and Men2007VideoJanice RandActress
Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II2007TV SeriesJanice RandActress
Sci Fi Visionaries2004Video shortYeoman Janice RandActress
Diagnosis Murder1998TV SeriesEncounter Group AbducteeActress
Star Trek: Voyager1996TV SeriesCommander Janice RandActress
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country1991Excelsior Communications OfficerActress
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home1986Commander RandActress
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock1984Woman in CafeteriaActress
The Kid with the 200 I.Q.1983TV MovieActress
Hart to Hart1980TV SeriesChic LadyActress
Star Trek: The Motion Picture1979Janice RandActress
The Next Step Beyond1978TV SeriesDr. Dorothy AlsworthActress
Cannon1974TV SeriesIdaActress
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1970TV SeriesBlondeActress
Death Valley Days1962-1969TV SeriesNellie Cashman / Angela Cummings / Kat / …Actress
The Name of the Game1969TV SeriesSuzetteActress
The Outsider1969TV SeriesClaireActress
The Virginian1963-1968TV SeriesHeather / NinaActress
The Big Valley1968TV SeriesMaggieActress
Mannix1968TV SeriesGloriaActress
Cimarron Strip1968TV SeriesKatieActress
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color1968TV SeriesVelmaActress
Police Story1967TV MovieSgt. Lilly MonroeActress
Ironside1967TV MovieStripper (uncredited)Actress
Rango1967TV SeriesActress
Batman1967TV SeriesNeilaActress
Run for Your Life1965-1967TV SeriesBillie / MillieActress
Star Trek1966TV SeriesYeoman Janice Rand
Yeoman Rand
No Time for Sergeants1965TV SeriesActress
Bewitched1964TV SeriesBabs LivingstonActress
Temple Houston1964TV SeriesTangerine O’SheaActress
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesMonaActress
Wagon Train1964TV SeriesNoraActress
Arrest and Trial1964TV SeriesSally BurnsActress
The Outer Limits1964TV SeriesCarla DuveenActress
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesBlondeActress
The Man from Galveston1963Texas RoseActress
77 Sunset Strip1961-1963TV SeriesNatasha / Flame / Binnie Clark / …Actress
Irma la Douce1963Kiki the CossackActress
The Untouchables1962-1963TV SeriesFran / PennyActress
Critic’s Choice1963Minor Role (uncredited)Actress
The Eleventh Hour1962TV SeriesDawnActress
Ensign O’Toole1962TV SeriesRita ShawActress
Surfside 61961-1962TV SeriesWendy Peters / Bernice / Lorraine EldridgeActress
The New Breed1962TV SeriesBethActress
Frontier Circus1962TV SeriesCircus BlondeActress
The Rifleman1962TV SeriesRoseActress
Gunsmoke1962TV SeriesPearlActress
Hawaiian Eye1962TV SeriesMarcia VailActress
A Public Affair1962Tracey PhillipsActress
The Detectives1961-1962TV SeriesDarlene / Susie JacksonActress
The Roaring 20’s1961-1962TV SeriesLily / GingerActress
King of Diamonds1962TV SeriesActress
Hennesey1961TV SeriesActress
Pocketful of Miracles1961Queenie’s ‘Broad’ in Black Dress (uncredited)Actress
General Electric Theater1961TV SeriesAudrey HendersonActress
The Real McCoys1961TV SeriesMrs. LomaxActress
Michael Shayne1961TV SeriesGloria / Ginnie MaxwellActress
The Islanders1961TV SeriesBarbaraActress
Spotlight on Grace Lee Whitney2000TV Movie performer: “USS Enterprise”, “Venice to Balboa” / writer: “USS Enterprise”, “Venice to Balboa”Soundtrack
Spotlight on Grace Lee Whitney2000TV MovieComposer
Get a Life!2012TV Movie documentary special thanksThanks
The Captains2011Documentary the producers wish to thankThanks
The Captains2011DocumentaryHerselfSelf
Bring Back… Star Trek2009TV Movie documentaryHerselfSelf
Spotlight on Grace Lee Whitney2000TV MovieHerselfSelf
Spacelift: Transporting Trek Into the 21st Century2011Video shortJanice RandArchive Footage
How William Shatner Changed the World2005TV Movie documentaryYeoman Janice RandArchive Footage
Kiss ‘N’ Tell: Romance in the 23rd Century2004Video shortJanice RandArchive Footage