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August 23, 2022

30 Fabulous Photos of Grace Lee Whitney in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1930 as Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan, American actress and singer Grace Lee Whitney made more than 100 television appearances following her television dramatic debut in Cowboy G-Men in 1953. She appeared on episodes of The Real McCoys, Wagon Train, The Islanders, Hennesey, The Roaring 20s, Gunsmoke, Bat Masterson, The Rifleman, 77 Sunset Strip, Mike Hammer, Batman, The Untouchables, and Hawaiian Eye.


During the 1950s and early 1960s, Whitney was a frequent semiregular on over 80 live television shows, including You Bet Your Life hosted by Groucho Marx in 1953, The Red Skelton Show, The Jimmy Durante Show, and The Ernie Kovacs Show, largely appearing in gag sketches. From 1957 to 1958, she appeared as a “Vanna-type adornment” on the popular daytime show Queen for a Day.

Whitney was probably best known for her role as Janice Rand on the original Star Trek television series and subsequent Star Trek films. Her roles in the 1970s included The Bold Ones, Cannon, and Hart to Hart. Her last film appearance (and as a Star Trek character) was in the fan fiction film Of Gods and Men in 2007. Her final screen appearance was in the William Shatner documentary The Captains in 2011.

Whitney died of natural causes at her home in Coarsegold in 2015, aged 85. Take a look at these fabulous photos to see portraits of a young Grace Lee Whitney in the 1950s and 1960s.


































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