Very little is known about Andrea Dromm, and that seems to be how she likes it. Originally from the eastern United States, Andrea was cast as “Yeoman Smith” in Star Trek’s second pilot “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. She worked for four days on the show an appeared in a handful of scenes, most notably a brief confrontation with William Shatner and leaning on Gary Lockwood for support while the Enterprise passes thru the galactic barrier.
Although Desilu had an option to retain her as a recurring character in the series, Andrea opted instead to appear in the Norman Jewison film “The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming”. After a handful of acting and talk show appearances she became better known as a model for haircare products before abandoning her career in the early 1970s.
She hasn’t given an interview since 1988.
She was kind enough to autograph these photos I sent her. I asked her in my letter if she could be a guest on our Star Trek podcast. She scribbled an answer that she was considering it, but left no e-mail or telephone number with which we can communicate. Once the podcast is more established we will try sending another letter.
Although her appearance is a footnote in Star Trek with a lot of questions about what might have been, the fact that 50 years later she is still willing to answer fan mail suggests she doesn’t regret being part of Star Trek, or even appreciates the continued attention.