Monday, February 25, 2013

Kickstarter: The Green Girl

In its final week, the Star Trek related Kickstarter project called "The Green Girl" still needs some Trekkie support as its still short of its funding goal. The project is a documentary on actress, director, and aviator Susan Oliver. To most of us she is famous for being the first hot green Orion slave girl that became such a known Star Trek reference it was even reprised in the 2007 movie. This despite the appearance in green only being about a minute as part of a fantasy sequence in the pilot episode of Star Trek called The Cage. When that pilot was rejected by NBC a new one was created, with most of the cast replaced (except Leonard Nimoy as Spock) and so that episode was cut up and reused in what is still considered one of Star Trek finest episodes - The Menagerie Part 1 and 2. Oliver's role was the friend, seductress and co-conspirator to keep Captain Pike on the planet. As her long resume attests to, this is just one of many roles she has played in her career that was sadly cut short in 1990 by cancer at the age of 58.

The goal of the Kickstarter project by George Pappy is to re-introduce this actress to the world who accomplishments wasn't just guest roles. She was a record setting female aviator, original member of AFI Directing Workshop for Women and one of the first few female television director's in the early 80s at a time when that kind of role for a woman was nearly unheard of. If it can achieve its $80,000 goal, the hope is a documentary on the actress will be completed by year's end. If you are interested in learning more or backing this endeavor, click here.

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