'Star Trek' Actress Celeste Yarnall Passes Away At 74 From Ovarian Cancer

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Oct. 10 2018, Published 4:17 p.m. ET

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Celeste Yarnall, the actress best known for her role on Star Trek, has died from ovarian cancer at the age of 74. She passed away on Sunday, October 7 at her home in Westlake Village, California.

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She appeared on the show, playing the character of Yeoman Martha Landon, and had a successful acting career during the '60s and '70s. Her role was the focus of the October 1967 episode “The Apple” opposite the character Chekov, played by Walter Koenig.

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The California native was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 and has written guest columns about her illness on

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In her first post, she wrote “My doctor has some exciting things for me planned, as we banked a bit of my tumor for future use to make a vaccine to give me to help my body defend itself against this cancer.”

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Celeste also starred alongside rock and roll legend Elvis Presley in the 1968 film Live a Little, Love a Little, where she played party girl who the singer serenades with his hit "A Little Less Conversation."

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She left behind a family consisting of her husband, Nazim Nazim, daughter Cami, son-in-law Stephen, and granddaughter, Gaby.

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