Celeste Yarnall, best known to Trek fans for her guest star appearance in The Apple, died Sunday at the age of seventy-four.
Yarnall portrayed Yeoman Martha Landon, who had a short-lived romance with Chekov in the episode.
The year after that appearance, Yarnall had a small part in the Elvis film Live a Little, Love a Little; where she wore a “glittery silver mini-dress” and caught Presley’s attention. He sang A Little Less Conversation to her. After that film, Yarnall was named 1968’s Most Promising New Star.
Other TV shows in which she appeared include Bewitched, Bonanza, Captain Nice, Hogan’s Heroes, It Takes a Thief, Land of the Giants, My Three Sons, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Some of her other movies include Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Eve, Scorpio, The Nutty Professor, The Velvet Vampire, and Under the Yum Yum Tree.
The cause of death was ovarian cancer. Diagnosed with “high-grade stage 3” ovarian cancer back in 2014, she had surgery and chemo and other treatments. She went into remission for four years, but sadly the cancer returned.
Yarnall is survived by husband Nazim, daughter Cami (Stephen Forte), and her granddaughter Gaby.