Star Trek : TOS Women 18

From the season 2 episode By Any Other Name, we have the gorgeous Kelinda. She is a Kelvan, a member of an expedition from the Kelvan Empire in the radiation-imperiled Andromeda Galaxy. Her ancestors were part of a wave of multi-generational starships dispatched to nearby galaxies to find new territories for the Empire to conquer and occupy. Reaching the Milky Way Galaxy after centuries in the intergalactic void, her ship was destroyed crossing the galactic barrier. Under Rojan’s command, Kelinda escaped with three other crew members in a life-craft to an unnamed Class M planet. The Kelvans  adopted  humanoid  forms  more compatible with the new region’s intelligent life and available transportation.

After a false distress call attracted the attention of Captain James T. Kirk, Rojan’s crew hijacked the USS Enterprise, so they could return home and report their discoveries to the Kelvan Empire. Kelinda’s mind was briefly probed by Spock, and she was attacked by Kirk in an escape attempt. The humanoid sense perceptions and emotional tendencies were alien to Kelvan experience, leading Kirk and his senior officers to exploit Kelvan weaknesses. Kelinda immediately recognized Kirk’s apology for striking her was merely an opening for seduction, but she welcomed his efforts and embrace. Rojan was incited to a jealous rage by Kirk and Kelinda’s repeated ‘apology’ sessions. Kirk suggested that the Kelvan’s new humanity could be fully realized on a planet in the Milky Way, and Kelinda eagerly endorsed the idea of a life of humanoid sensations experienced with Rojan.

The role of Kelinda was portrayed by German-American actress and later entrepreneur Barbara Bouchet. She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes and founded a production company that has produced fitness videos and books. She also owns and operates a fitness studio. She is more famous for playing Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale (1967). Born Barbara Goutscher in 1943 in Reichenberg (which was then part of Germany but has since seceded to the Czech Republic) her family emigrated to San Francisco, California. She entered modeling and show business as a teenager and eventually moved to Hollywood to expand into a film career. Since the seventies, she has been living in Rome, Italy, where she has become a celebrity by starring in B-Movies.

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