‘Star Trek’ actress Celeste Yarnall dies at 74 following cancer battle

Actress Celeste Yarnall, who made memorable appearances on “Star Trek” and the 1968 Elvis Presley movie “Live a Little, Love a Little,” died Sunday of cancer at her home in Westlake Village, California. She was 74.

The news of her death was first announced Tuesday on the official website of “Star Trek,” where she had written about her four-year cancer battle. Her death was also confirmed by her husband, artist Nazim Nazim to People.

Although she appeared only once on the original series, she made an impression as crewmember Yeoman Martha Landon in the 1967 episode “The Apple.” She remained a member of the “Star Trek” franchise, appearing at conventions.

At a 2012 “Star Trek” convention panel, Yarnell shared that creator Gene Roddenberry had been inclined to wait and cast her in a bigger role, but she said yes to the Landon role to pay her mortgage. 

“They said, ‘Do you want to kiss Chekhov or do you want to kiss the captain?’ she recalled. “I said, ‘I’ll kiss anybody so long as I can pay the rent!’ “

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