Another specimen (and what a sexy specimen at that) of my theory that the Star Trek Original Series women and women of the 60’s were of a sexier class all of their own. In Dagger Of The Mind (season 1, episode 10) we see Dr. Helen Noel, played by Mariann Hill.
Hill was born in Italy and lived in several countries before her family setting in the US. That Italian chic look, with pouty lips and a dimple – ohh, it was love & lust for me at first sight.
Her ability to learn a number of accents combined with a vaguely foreign beauty, earned her a number of feature film and television roles. She worked steadily from the early 1960s until the early 1980s. Her film work included a number of B-movies, such as The Invisible Strangler. She is cousin to retired American general H. Norman Schwarzkopf.
Dr. Helen Noel was a psychiatrist with a background in rehabilitative therapy, and a member of Doctor Leonard McCoy’s medical staff aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266. in Dagger Of The Mind, she and Captain Kirk visited the penal colony to talk with Dr. Tristan Adams and learn about the accident that occurred there. They discover a neural neutralizer whose effects render patients highly susceptible to suggestions and which was being manipulated by Dr. Adams and his staff to conduct unauthorized experiments.
Our lovely lady manages to get into the action, fighting off the villians and finds the power controls and deactivate the security force field. That field protects the facility, and prevents transporters from operating in it. Noel manages to deactivate the field long enough for Spock and a security force to beam down and secure the colony.