Born on 1 April 1 1930, Grace Lee Whitney donned the hats of an actress and singer. Regrettably, she isn’t with us anymore as she bid adieu to life in 2015. However, she was able to leave a legacy behind and she will be forever remembered for her portrayal of the character, Janice Rand, in the television series, ¨Star Trek.¨ Her career spanned over five decades!
So, how much was Grace Lee Whitney worth before passing away? Authoritative sources estimate Perrey´s fortune to be worth around the $2 million mark. She made most of her fortune appearing in over 15 films and making over 100 appearances In TV shows and series.
Grace Lee Whitney Net Worth $2 million
Not many people are aware of the fact that Grace Lee Whitney is actually not the actress´s original name. Before being adopted by the Whitney family, she was formerly known as Mary Ann Chase. When just 14 years old, she dived into the entertainment industry working as a ¨girl singer¨ on Detroit´s ¨WJR radio.¨ In her late teens, she decided to leave her home and move to Chicago, where she pursued her singing career, often performing as an opening act for Buddy Rich and Billy Holiday in nightclubs. She would eventually get the opportunity to tour with the likes of Spike Jones and Fred Waring too, laying the basis to her net worth.
Although Whitney was involved in a host of movies, notably ¨A Public Affair,¨ ¨Critic´s Choice,¨ and ¨The Man from Galveston,¨ and though she made numerous appearances on TV shows such as ¨You Bet Your Life,¨ ¨The Red Skelton Show, ¨ and ¨The Jimmy Durante Show,¨ it was not until she was cast as Yeoman Janice Rand in 1966 in the TV series, ¨Star Trek¨ that she truly tasted success. On being cast for the role, she later mentioned, ¨I was on diet pills trying to stay thin—and I was very thin. They wanted you to fit into the uniforms and I couldn´t quite so I went on amphetamines.¨ She would later claim to be sexually harassed while under contract. The actress was released from her contract after appearing in eight of the first thirteen episodes, after which she said in an interview, ¨ They wanted William Shatner to have romances in each episode with a different person, because for him to be stuck with one woman was not good for him and it wasn´t good for the audience. That´s what they told me, so I was written out.¨
After her contract termination from the show, it would be a fair while before she would land a meaty role again. Ironically, her next major role would come in Star Trek again, in the 1979 film, ¨Star Trek: The Motion Picture,¨ for the role of Transporter Chief Janice Rand, which she would go on to reprise in the following Star Trek film franchise.
The last time she would create a major stir would be in the year, 1998—that year saw her releasing her autobiography, ¨The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galax,.¨ in which she gave the public insights on how she was hired and fired from ¨Star Trek.¨ She was also honest about her addiction to substance and alcohol.
In her personal life, Whitney was married to Sydney Stevan Dweck from 1954 to 60, with whom she had two sons, and to Jack Dale (1970-91). She worked tirelessly towards helping people overcome their substance and alcohol abuse. The actress crossed the great divide on 1 May 2015 at the age of 85 of natural causes, at her abode in Coarsegold.
Since she has passed away, William Shatner is now the oldest living cast member of the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Moved to Coarsegold, California in 1993 and continued her fellowship work in Fresno and Madera Counties, completely dedicating her life to helping herself and others find daily sobriety and a higher power out of addiction. She wanted to be known more as a survivor of addiction than as a Star Trek (1966) cast member.
Her famous role as Yeoman Janice Rand in the first season of Star Trek (1966) was supposed to be the lead female character. However, the producers let go of the character after the first half of the first season, much to the fans' regret. However, she was asked back for most of the Star Trek movies, reprising her role as Janice Rand.
According to her autobiography, "The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy", she struggled with and overcame alcoholism and drug addiction, particularly marijuana.
In 1998, she appeared in an episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993) with her Star Trek (1966) castmates George Takei, Walter Koenig and Majel Barrett.
Best known by the public (and by many sci-fi fans) for her role as Yeoman Janice Rand on the original Star Trek (1966) series.
Was a professional singer before becoming an actress, and at one point, toured with Red Ingle and his band.
Had appeared in episodes of three different series with George Takei: Star Trek (1966), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Diagnosis Murder (1993).
Two Star Trek action figures were made in the likeness of her Star Trek character, Yeoman Janice Rand.
Had a singing group called "Star", with which she regularly entertained at nightclubs and at Star Trek conventions.
Mother of Jonathan Dweck and Scott Whitney.
Grace Lee Whitney Trademarks
Deep sultry voice
Sparkling blue eyes
Platinum blonde hair
Grace Lee Whitney Quotes
 When I told the fans I was an alcoholic, they all applauded. When I told them I had given myself to a higher power, they cheered again. I'm in a great place because I've gone full circle.
[on her termination from the original Star Trek (1966) series] They wanted William Shatner to have romances in each episode with a different person, because for him to be stuck with one woman was not good for him and it wasn't good for the audience. That's what they told me, so I was written out. There were two blonde girls and one black girl. Nichelle Nichols was a more important character and couldn't be written out. Everything's political in America. One of the blondes have to go. The other one was engaged to the boss, so guess who went? I just about killed myself. I drank, that's what we do, we drink to get rid of pain. I was really mad. My God, was I bitter.
[interview in iFMagazine, September 2006, asked for her opinion on Star Trek (2009) being a prequel film] I don't know how that's going to go. I just don't know about that. I don't know how fans will react to that. How can you go back beyond the classic Trek? They tried that on Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), but did it go, did it work? I think Scott Bakula was terrific on that show. But it didn't last as long as some of the others, and I wonder what happened and why that is.
[interview in iFMagazine, September 2006, on Star Trek: Of Gods and Men (2007)] It's cute because I have a nice interchange with Pavel Chekov, and I have a nice interchange with Uhura. It's like old times. It's all very déj
[interview in iFMagazine, October 2006, asked if she is surprised at how popular the original Star Trek (1966) series has become] Oh, yeah. It was an acting gig and we thought that Spock was weird and we thought the only reason we were being hired was to sell color television sets, and wasn't Kirk cute? I mean, gosh, he was cute! I was in the middle of the both of them [Kirk and Spock]. Then after the series, I went on to do Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and that was supposed to be a series originally. They wrote it as a series, and when Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) came out, Paramount jumped off the roof and they went into the motion picture, and George Takei and I did Star Trek: Voyager (1995). That was going to be a series. We were supposed to have our own show, and they did Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) instead. It was supposed to be George and Gracie [i.e., The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950)] on the Excelsior.
[on the famous 'Yeoman Rand' basketweave hairstyle from the original Star Trek (1966) series] It was so heavy it kept listing to the left, I swear they had to nail that thing to my head! It was gorgeous Max Factor hair. It cost a lot of money and somebody stole it. I still have visions of that damn wig turning up. I go down to Skid Row for my recovery program - I'm clean and sober now - and I keep expecting to find some bag lady or drag queen wearing it!