As previously posted, lately I have been communicating with various cast members from Star Trek : The Original Series and asking for autographs. Since I am not getting out much because of COVID there is not much to write about on this blog, and I thought I would occasionally provide an update as they come back to me.
This week I got a response from Barbara Baldavin. Barbara may have had a foot in the door at the show as she was married to Joseph D’Agosta, the casting director at Desilu who therefore cast most of the actors on Star Trek, as well as the Lucy Show and Mission Impossible. In occasions when the show needed a generic crew member D’Anosta turned to his circle of actors, and more than once asked his wife to play a part.
Baldavin first appeared in the season one episode “Balance of Terror” as Angela Martine, a female weapons officer whose wedding is interrupted by a Romulan attack.
That same season she was cast again in “Shore Leave” as a generic female crew member who beams down to a planet that can make your dreams come true. Although scripted as a different character, when the production crew realized she had been in Balance of Terror they referred to the character as “Angela Martine”.
At the end of the first season she returned to play a character called “Baker” in “Space Seed” but her performance was removed in the final cut of the episode.
At the end of the series she returned for the series finale “Turnabout Intruder”. Nichelle Nichols who played communications officer Uhura was unavailable due to a singing engagement and they needed a generic female crew member to say her lines. She is called “Lt. Lisa” in this episode, but most fans have retconned her as playing Angela again.
After Star Trek she was a recurring cast member in the 1970s TV series “Medical Center”, and made guest appearances on popular television in the 70s such as “Charlie’s Angels”, “Baretta”, “Fantasy Island” and “The Bionic Woman” however by the 1980s she made a career shift into the casting department, working as casting director or casting assistant on shows like “Trapper John M.D.”, and “Dynasty”.
I sent her three photos, one from each episode she appeared, in and she was kind enough to sign them all. I should note she herself seems to have retconned her appearances to be all the same character.
If she ever sees this, thank you very much for signing these, and thank you for being a part of Star Trek.