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8/17/2014 (8 months ago)

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Actress parlayed exotic looks into many TV, movie roles

In her prime, she dated the likes of Cary Grant and James Dean. Her swarthy, exotic beauty made her a favorite for casting directors. Arlene Martel has been granted a certain immortality for playing Mr. Spock's fiancée T'Pring in the class "Star Trek" TV series. Martel has passed away at the age of 78 following a heart attack.

Leonard Nimoy tweeted his tribute to her: 'Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent.'

Leonard Nimoy tweeted his tribute to her: "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/17/2014 (8 months ago)

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Keywords: Arlen Martel, Star Trek, Mr. Spock, death, actor


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Nicknamed "The Chameleon" due to her inscrutable ethnicity, Martel played a wide variety of characters. She played a Russian spy on "The Monkees" and "I Dream of Jeannie," a French Underground operative in "Hogan's Heroes," a Native American woman in a "Gunsmoke" episode and as a Vulcan on "Star Trek."

"Trekkies," followers of the TV series were still lining up at sci-fi conventions to meet Martel and pay for her autograph. She remained renowned for her role as T'Pring, the Vulcan priestess engaged to Spock in the first episode of the series' second season.

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Leonard Nimoy tweeted his tribute to her: "Saying goodbye to T'Pring, Arlene Martel. A lovely talent."

Martel's acting career began on Broadway when she was a teenager. She was cast as Esther in the 1956 production of "Uncle Willie." She was still using her birth name Arline Sax for her credits then.

Her television career began in 1959 after a move to Hollywood. She soon landed guest roles on hit shows, including "Twilight Zone," "Death Valley Days," and "Have Gun -- Will Travel."

Martel always considered herself a working actress. "She was still getting out there, doing roles," her son Jod Kaftan said. "She had a lot of big dreams she was still pursuing."

Battling cancer over the past five years, Martel still traveled around the world to conventions where "Star Trek" fans gathered.

Kaftan said it was an odd experience for him to go with her because "guys would have a crush on your mom because she's a sci-fi babe from the '60s."

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