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    Arlene Martel (April 14, 1936- August 12, 2014): Biography, Filmography, and images of the Star Trek and Hogan’s Heroes actress.

    Arlene Martel, the beautiful actress best known for playing Spock’s Vulcan bride-to-be T’Pring, passed away on August 12, 2014, was born in 1936 in the Bronx.  While she had many roles in television and movies in the 1960s and 1970s, she is best known for two iconic roles.  In Star Trek‘s “Amok Time” episode, Martel played T’Pring, the logically cunning bride of Enterprise First Officer Spock.  One Star Trek’s enduring scenes where Spock and Kirk battle (seemingly to the death), was prompted by the machinations of T’Pring.  Her other significant role came as French spy Tiger in the prisoner-of-war comedy Hogan’s Heroes. Martel portrayed the beautiful red-haired underground agent code-named Tiger in four episodes of Hogan’s.  She also appeared as other characters in two more episodes.

    Arlene Martel as T'Pring on Star Trek

    Arlene Martel as T’Pring on Star Trek

    Her ethnic ambiguity, and her ability to look different for different roles, made her believable as alien Vulcans, French red-heads, Native Americans, and other ethnicities as the roles called for.

    Uniquely, she also touched Hollywood history as the real-life girlfriend of actor and icon James Dean, and by dating Cary Grant.

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    Martel married three times, with her first marriage to Robert Palmer, her second marriage to actor Jerry Douglas, and her third to Boyd Holister. All three marriages ended in divorce.  Arlene Martel had three children: Adam Palmer, Avra Douglas, and Los Angeles Times editor Jod Kaftan.



    Arlene Martel as Tiger in Hogan's Heroes

    Arlene Martel as Tiger in Hogan’s Heroes

    Arlene Martel Filmography
    Eleanor, First Lady of the World “Madam Jennah” (MOW)(1981)
    Dracula’s Dog (1978)  “Maj. Hessel”
    Chatterbox (1977)  “Marlene”
    Conspiracy of Terror (1975) (TV) “Leslie Horowitz”
    Adventures of Nick Carter (1972) (MOW) (TV)  “Flo”
    Angels from Hell (1968)  “Ginger”
    The Glass Cage (1964)  “The Girl/Her Twin Sister”

    Notable TV guest appearances of Arlene Martel
    The Day the Loving Stopped (1981)
    Battlestar Galactica (1978) “Adulteress” “Long Patrol”
    Gunsmoke (1955) “The Squaw” “Quanah”
    The Rockford Files (1974)
    Indict and Convict (1973) (TV) “Mrs. Ann Lansing”
    Columbo: A Friend in Deed (1974) (TV)  “Sales Girl”
    Columbo: Double Exposure (1973) (TV) “Tanya Baker”
    Columbo: Greenhouse Jungle (1972) (TV) “Gloria West”
    Banacek (1972)”Diana Maitland”  “The Three Million Dollar Piracy”
    Bewitched (1964) “Malvina”  “How Not To Lose Your Head To Henry VIII”
    Mission: Impossible (1966) “Atheda”  “Terror”
    It Takes a Thief (1968)  “Guess Who’s Coming to Rio?”
    Wild, Wild West (1965) in episode: “The Night of .the Circus of Death”
    Star Trek (1966) “T’Pring” “Amok Time”
    The Iron Horse (1966) “Hellcat” (directed by Samual Fuller)
    Fugitive (1963)”Magda Karac” “Blessings of Liberty”
    The Monkees (1966) “Loreli”  “Monstrous Monkee Mash”
    The Monkees (1966) “Madame Olinsky”  “The Spy Who Came in From the Cool”
    Perry Mason (1957)  “Sandra Dunkel”  “The Case of the Dead Ringer
    I Dream of Jeannie (1965) “Sonia”  “Russian Roulette”
    The Flying Nun “Tonio’s Mother”
    The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) “Gemma Lusso” “The King of Knaves Affair”
    Outer Limits” (1963)  “Consuelo”  “Demon With a.Glass Hand”
    Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Olga”  “Never Play Cards with Strangers”
    Hogan’s Heroes (1965)  “Tiger” “Hold the Tiger”
    Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Tiger” “A Tiger Hunt in Paris”
    Hogan’s Heroes (1965)  “Tiger”  “Heil Klink”
    Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Gretchen”  “The Defector”
    Hogan’s Heroes (1965) “Tiger”  “Operation Tiger”
    Route 66 (1961) “The Newborn”
    Route 66 (1961) “Lucia” “A Legacy For Lucia”
    The Untouchables (1959) “Genna …..Brothers”
    The Untouchables (1959) “Carla Patrone”  “A Seat on …..the Fence”
    The Rebel (1959) (as Arline Sax)
    Hong Kong “The Hunted” with Rod Taylor
    Hong Kong “The Hunted” with Leonard Nimoy
    Here Come The Brides
    Playhouse 90 with Robert Redford (1959)
    The Twilight Zone (1959) “Girl”  “What You Need”
    The Twilight Zone (1959) “Stewardess”  “Twenty-Two”

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