Re: No female starship captains in the 2250s-60s?
(I think Lee Meriwether could've made a good Number One.)
She was on the short list (although I think there was little doubt that Roddenberry's mistress would end up with the role).
TO: Kerwin Coughlin
From: Gene Roddenberry
CC: Herb Solow
Date: October 14, 1964
Subject: STAR TREK CASTING
Here are some of the names which have been considered or suggested by anyone for the various STAR TREK roles:
ROBERT APRIL: Paul Mantee, Tom Tryon, Robert Webber, Robert Wright, Rod Taylore, Jack Lord, Richard Egan, James Coburn, Leslie Nielson, Robert Horton, Earl Holliman, Robert Loggia, James Donald, Sterling Hayden, Larry Blyden, Steve Forrest, Jason Evers, John Russell, Patrick O’Neal, Liam Sullivan, Jeff Hunter, Howard Duff, Mike Forrest, Warren Stevens, Skip Hemier, Rhodes Reason.
MISTER SPOCK: Leonard Nimoy, Rex Holman, DeForest Kelly, Michael Dunn.
JOSE TYLER: Joby Baker, Marc Cavell, Victor Arnold, Robert Brown, Joe Bova, Ross Martin, Richard Jaeckel, Bruce Dern.
DOCTOR BOYCE: Martin Gabel, Paul Stewart, Edward Binns, Jim Gergory.
NUMBER ONE: Magel Barrett, Lee Meriweather, Jeanne Bal, Sarah Shane.
COLT: Jennifer Stuart, Shary Marshall, Joyce Meadows, Jill Ireland, Audrey Dalton, Fay Spain, Joan Huntington.
"This begs explanation." - de Forest Research on Star Trek
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