(written from a Production point of view)
BarBara Ann Luna (born 2 March 1939; age 81) portrayed Lieutenant Marlena Moreau, as well as her mirror universe counterpart, in the Star Trek: The Original Series second season episode "Mirror, Mirror". She was born in New York City, to a Filipino father and a Hungarian mother. She also has Spanish and Italian roots.
Luna was once a regular on the the daytime soap opera One Life to Live playing leading man Cord Roberts' scheming mother Maria from 1986 through 1987. She has also appeared in several episodes of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Mission: Impossible (which, like the original Trek series, was produced by Desilu) and Fantasy Island (starring Ricardo Montalban). In 1973, she appeared as the reluctant girlfriend of hitman Harry Tass, portrayed by Frank Langella, in an episode of the series Mannix. She also appeared in one episode of T.J. Hooker, a series which starred TOS actor William Shatner.
In the second season of the T.V. series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Luna appeared as the ill-fated bird woman Koori, wife of regular character Hawk. Her initial appearance as the mortal Koori was in a two-part episode which also featured Sid Haig and David Opatoshu, then she played Koori's spirit in an episode featuring series semi-regular Paul Carr as well as Vic Perrin.
In 2004, Luna portrayed Veronica in the Star Trek: New Voyages (now Star Trek: Phase II) episode "In Harm's Way" and appeared alongside fellow Trek performers William Windom, James Cawley, Jeffery Quinn, Malachi Throne, John Carrigan, Sam Witwer, and Leslie Hoffman. The story for this episode was written by Doug Drexler. In 2008, she portrayed Alersa in the Star Trek: Phase II episode "Enemy Starfleet".
Star Trek appearances
Star Trek interview
- "The Captain's Woman", Pat Jankiewicz, Starlog, issue 235, February 1996, pp. 79-81