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Celeste Yarnall (26 July 1944 – 7 October 2018; age 74) was an actress who played Yeoman Martha Landon in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Apple". She filmed her scenes between Monday 17 July 1967 and Monday 24 July 1967 at Desilu Stage 10.
Yarnall was offered a choice by casting director Joseph D'Agosta that she either plays the yeoman in the upcoming episode, "The Apple" or waits until a more substantial guest role would be available for her, probably costuming her up as an alien beauty, making full use of her looks. Yarnall chose the first option, because she liked the script and the part, and was worried if she might miss that promised other chance. She wore Grace Lee Whitney's uniform in the episode, which was re-fitted for her. (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Two(citation needed • edit))
Her other television credits include appearances on Bewitched, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Bonanza, Land of the Giants (with Don Marshall), and Melrose Place. She also had a role in 1971's Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man, as did Paul Carr.
Yarnall made her feature film debut in the 1963 comedy The Nutty Professor, in which she and Henry Gibson played college students. In 1968, she co-starred with Robert Walker in the film The Face of Eve. She followed this with roles in the Elvis Presley film Live a Little, Love a Little in 1968 and the Academy Award-nominated comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice in 1969.
In 1972, Yarnall had a role in the Charles Bronson action film The Mechanic, as did Jill Ireland and Steve Vinovich. And in 1973, she co-starred with fellow Star Trek actors John Colicos, Joanne Linville, James B. Sikking, and William Smithers in the film Scorpio. More recent film credits include 1987's Fatal Beauty (starring Whoopi Goldberg, Harris Yulin, and Brad Dourif), 1990's Funny About Love (with Michael Bofshever and directed by Leonard Nimoy), and 1993's Born Yesterday (with Michael Ensign and Matthew Faison).
In 2009, Yarnall guest voiced the role of T'Pauk on the fan-produced series Star Trek: The Continuing Mission.
Yarnall died on 7 October 2018 at the age of 74. (Screen Actors Guild Magazine, Special Edition 2019, p. 98)
Further reading Edit
- "Celeste Yarnall & "The Apple"", Mark Phillips, Starlog, issue 141, April 1989, p. 35