Rhue in 1961
October 3, 1935
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Died||December 16, 2003 68) (aged|
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Tony Young (1962–1970) (divorced)|
Life and career
From the 1950s to the 1990s, Rhue appeared in some 20 films, including Operation Petticoat , The Ladies Man, A Majority of One, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Kenner (1969), and Stand Up and Be Counted (1972). She also was a guest star in dozens of television series, including the classic Star Trek episode "Space Seed" (1967) as Lt. Marla McGivers, Khan Noonien Singh's (Ricardo Montalbán) love interest. Rhue had played the spouse of another character portrayed by Montalbán in an episode of Bonanza in 1960. That year, she also played the title role of Marian Ames in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Wayward Wife".
Other guest appearances included Cheyenne (1955), Have Gun – Will Travel, Gunsmoke, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Fugitive, Ironside, The Wild Wild West, Mannix, Hawaii Five-O, Mission: Impossible, Fantasy Island and Charlie's Angels. She also appeared in the television movie Goldie and the Boxer, and made appearances on the game show The Match Game (1974–76).
In 1977, Rhue was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She continued to work, including a role in Days of Our Lives; but by 1985, she needed a wheelchair and was limited to roles that did not require her to walk or stand, such as recurring roles in Murder, She Wrote and Houston Knights. Angela Lansbury created a role for her when she heard that Rhue was at risk of losing her insurance because she could no longer work enough hours. Her illness prevented her from reprising her Star Trek role as Lieutenant Marla McGivers in the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), and the character was ultimately written out of the script as director Nicholas Meyer did not wish to re-cast the part.
She eventually became completely incapacitated by multiple sclerosis and died from pneumonia at the age of 68 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles, California.
|1959||The Miracle||nun who warns Teresa about her singing love songs||Uncredited|
|1959||Operation Petticoat||Lieutenant Reid, NC, USAR|
|1961||The Ladies Man||Miss Intellect|
|1961||A Majority of One||Alice Black|
|1962||Escape from Zahrain||Laila|
|1963||It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World||Secretary Schwartz|
|1964||He Rides Tall||Ellie Daniels|
|1972||Stand Up and Be Counted||Gloria Seagar|
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