Shaka Zulu wrote:
If the last is true about Whitney, then why did she still appear in the movies?
The Whitney case is complicated and I'm sure we'll never know all the facts with confidence. I think at one point she said that she was cut from the series for budgetary reasons, and she was a little bitter that Nichelle had been spared for the demographic reason. Like a lot of people who've been shown the door, she herself probably never knew the real reason any more than we do.
If it was GR who assaulted her, he probably was so used to getting his way with actresses under his control that he couldn't get it through his head that she meant no.
From what I gather, not having read her book, getting on screen in TMP after her low point in life must have been a huge boost for her, and I think she was recruited for the film largely as an act of kindness.
Having Whitney in the film makes sense for the most part. She was one of nine major recurring players.....regulars or day players notwithstanding. (Only Mr. Kyle failed to show for TMP.) She preceded Chapel and Chekov.
Demographics weren't as prevalent or calculated in 1979 as they are today. Why would GLW object to Nichelle Nichols' inclusion when she was virtually present from first to last aired episode? GLW appeared in exactly eight.
I read from one of GLW's accounts that Robert Wise seemed to shoot her in unflattering light in retaliation for some unintentional faux pas on her part. I don't remember what ''warranted'' this lighting.
And I fear that Roddenberry WAS the unnamed Executive in her autobiography, partially since Gene Coon hadn't the notorious rep Roddenberry had in ''romantic'' matters.