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'Star Trek' actress Arlene Martel dies

Arlene Martel, actress known as "The Chameleon" for her diverse range of roles, died at age 78.
By Danielle Haynes   |   Aug. 14, 2014 at 9:38 PM   |   Comments

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LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Arlene Martel, the actress who played Spock's fiancée in Star Trek, died Tuesday in a Los Angeles Hospital, her son said. She was 78.

The actress died of complications from a heart attack, son Jod Kaftan told CNN.

Martel played a diverse range of characters during the 1960s, and was known as "The Chameleon" by Hollywood casting directors due to her ethnic ambiguity.

She had roles in The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Hogan's Heroes and Gunsmoke.

Perhaps her most iconic role was as T'Pring, a Vulcan princess in Star Trek.

Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the series, took to Twitter to express sadness upon learning of Martel's death Tuesday.


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