An actress who maintained a busy schedule of TV and film appearances over the course of a five-decade career has died. Celeste Yarnall died Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, Calif., according to media reports. She was 74.
Deadline reports that Yarnall’s death followed a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Yarnall may be best remembered for her guest appearance as Yeoman Martha Landon on the original “Star Trek” TV series.
“Yarnall, a familiar presence in later years on the ‘Star Trek’ convention and autograph circuit, also has a firm, if small, place in Elvis Presley history: In 1968’s ‘Live a Little, Love a Little,’ the actress — beautifully decked out in a glittery silver mini-dress and, briefly, a white fur coat — played a party-goer who draws Presley’s single-minded attention,” Deadline reports. “He sings ‘A Little Less Conversation’ to her in perhaps the film’s most memorable scene, a moment that led the National Association of Theatre Owners to name her the year’s Most Promising New Star.”
Yarnall also was briefly a romantic interest for “Star Trek’s” Chekov, played by Walter Koenig, in the episode “The Apple.”
Among her many other roles were appearances on the TV shows “My Three Sons,” “Burke’s Law,” “Bewitched,” “Gidget,” “Bonanza,” “Hogan’s Heroes” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”