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Barbara J. Tarbuck (15 January 194226 December 2016; age 74) was an actress who appeared in two of the Star Trek spin-off series. She first played the role of Leka Trion in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fourth season episode "The Host" for which she filmed her scenes on Wednesday 13 March 1991 on Paramount Stage 8. Eleven years later, she appeared as Kalev in the Star Trek: Enterprise first season episode "Shadows of P'Jem".

The costume from her latter appearance was previously worn by Ellen Geer in the Star Trek: The Next Generation fifth season episode "Silicon Avatar" and by background actress Leslie McCasky in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. Later it was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1] Her costume from "The Host" was also sold off on eBay. [2]

Outside of Trek, Tarbuck had roles in several popular soap operas. She appeared several times on Dallas (starring Susan Howard, Leigh J. McCloskey, and Morgan Woodward) and Dynasty (starring Joan Collins and Lee Bergere) before being given a recurring role as Dr. Randall on Falcon Crest from 1986 through 1987. Among her co-stars on this series were Jonathan Banks, Leslie Bevis, Michael Ensign, Robert Foxworth, and Tarbuck's "Shadows of P'Jem" co-star Jeff Kober. Afterward, she went on to have recurring roles on Santa Barbara and General Hospital. On the latter series she appeared in over forty episodes between 1996 and 2010.

She has made guest appearances on a large number of other television programs, including Quincy (starring Robert Ito and Garry Walberg), M*A*S*H (starring David Ogden Stiers), St. Elsewhere (starring Ed Begley, Jr. and Norman Lloyd), L.A. Law (starring Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake, and also guest-starring Gwynyth Walsh), Silk Stalkings (starring Ben Vereen), Quantum Leap (starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, and also guest-starring Alan Oppenheimer), Picket Fences (starring Roy Brocksmith and Ray Walston), Crossing Jordan (starring Miguel Ferrer), NYPD Blue (starring Gordon Clapp), and Medical Investigation (starring Neal McDonough). She appeared in several episodes of Cagney & Lacey, including 1984's "Matinee", which also guest-starred Bibi Besch and Armin Shimerman. Tarbuck co-starred with Rene Auberjonois, Erick Avari, Daniel Davis, and Carolyn Seymour in a 1992 episode of Civil Wars and with Thomas Kopache and Gates McFadden in a 2001 episode of The Division. The same year Tarbuck had a role in the drama Just Ask My Children, as did Casey Biggs, John Billingsley, Virginia Madsen, Robert Joy, Jack Shearer, Armin Shimerman, and Kitty Swink. Tarbuck later appeared in episodes of The Event (2011, with Lisa Vidal, Bill Smitrovich, and Chase Kim) and Glee (2011).

Tarbuck had several major films to her credit, with her first being the 1986 science fiction comedy, Short Circuit, co-starring Brian McNamara. This was followed that same year with Big Trouble, featuring Paul Dooley and Warren Munson. Her other films include Curly Sue (1991), The Tie That Binds (1995, with Keith Carradine), and Walking Tall, the latter of which starred Star Trek: First Contact actor Neal McDonough. She had a supporting role in the mystery sequel S. Darko (2009).

Tarbuck died on Monday 26 December 2016 from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, at the age of 74. [3]

Other Trek connections

Additional projects in which Tarbuck acted with other Star Trek performers include:

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