Sadly, Susan Oliver left this world after a brief struggle with cancer on May 10, 1990. She was just 58 years old.
And we lost another Star Trek female icon this past week, Grace Lee Whitney. While this, too, was a sad event, Grace was 85 and it would be hard to argue that she didn’t have a very long and eventful life (I even had the pleasure of spending some time with her at last summer’s Star Trek Las Vegas Convention).
I can’t help but feel that Susan Oliver had to depart much too soon, and I can only wonder what she would have accomplished had she lived two or three more decades (especially given how incredibly much she managed to do in her relatively short lifetime).
Today, we pay special tribute to two of Star Trek’s very first iconic women, Susan Oliver, who left us 25 years ago at 58, and Grace Lee Whitney, who left this past week at 85. As the recently-departed Leonard Nimoy would say, live long and prosper, ladies (wherever you are…).