This blog is dedicated to the memory of Jackson DeForest Kelley. Known as DeForest Kelley, or 'De'. We love and miss you De.
Monday, December 22, 2008
REMEMBERING MAJEL BARRETT
Today's blog is about a beautiful lady that worked very closely with De in the Original series: Majel Barrett Roddenberry.
I had the wonderful honor of meeting Majel back in the early eighties at a convention when I was very young. DeForest Kelley was also at this con. While he was up on the stage talking-- I actually got up and left the hall for a few minutes--to go to the restroom. (can you believe that??? How rude of me!--but I was only very young and apparently didn't know any better)
Anyways, as I was on my way to the restroom, wearing my T'Pring costume (there was a costume contest immediately following or maybe it happened before De was on stage) and Majel was sitting outside the hall at a table in the dealers area. She spotted me and called me over. I was painfully shy in those days so very meekly went to see what she wanted. She gushed over my costume--she just loved it. She was very sweet to me, I wasn't expecting that from somebody I watched on the TV and I just about died. So I meekly asked her for an autograph, they were free in those days. And she very happily signed an art print for me. I still have it. Or actually my parents have it in a box in their garage. Maybe I'll go over there one of these days and look for it.
I remember her on stage at that convention, too. My favorite was when she'd said she really wanted the part of Nurse Chapel but the network or other higher ups were reluctant. She dyed her hair blond and walked casually past Gene. He nodded at her, then stopped and gasped out "MAJEL?!"
That was perfect casting in TOS-she just looked fantastic as Nurse Chapel. She played a romantic character with such grace. Later on, I loved seeing her wonderfully eccentric performance as Lwaxana Troi in TNG.
Oh God, here in my dressing room with the door shut, I am alone with Thee...Can not an actor be God's man? Convention classes me and my fellows among the loose and thoughtless. So Thou art my secret. I triumph inwardly to find Thy presence and taste the mystic joy of Thy friendship. While the world suspects not, Thou teaches me subtle ways to resist despair, to master my passions, to heal unworthy weakness; the rare medicine of Thy presene is for me, to, as well as for the cloistered monk or meditating scholar. Teach me to be great among the many who are content to be called great. Let me be an unusual person because of that simplicity of heart and lovableness of nature that I learn from Thee. Dr. Frank Crane (printed in "From Sawdust to Stardust: The Biography of DeForest Kelley" by Terry Lee Rioux) DeForest Kelley carried a clipping of this prayer in his wallet all his life.