Dorothy Catherine Fontana, a writer on the first”Star Trek” show that had a lengthy affiliation with the franchise, died Dec. 2. She had been 80.
Fontana’s departure was supported from the official”Star Trek” site, which described as”the mythical author who attracted many of’Star Trek’s’ best episodes .” Fontana was busy from the Writers Guild of America for so Several Years, and most recently worked as a lecturer for the American Film Institute.
Fontana was the most rare instance of a female scribe about the first NBC variant of this enduring sci-fi franchise, even although she utilized the gender-blind display credit of”D.C. Fontana.” She had been credited with producing key components of this”Star Trek” mythos, such as the details about the backstory of Mr. Spock’s upbringing with his mother Amanda and Vulcan father Sarek.
All told, Fontana had writing credits 11 episodes of the first”Star Trek,” which ran for 3 seasons from 1966-69. The list contained the standout 1967 installations”Journey to Babel” (which presents Spock’s parents) and”This Side of Paradise” (where Spock and some other members of the Enterprise team get goofy after being coated with blossom spores).
Fontana went to function as a writer and associate producer to the 1970s animated”Star Trek” series. Back in 1987 she awakened with”Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry to compose”Encounter at Farpoint,” the two-hour premiere event for”Star Trek: The Next Generation.” She composed further episodes of”Next Generation” and”Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Fontana is survived by her husband, cinematographer Dennis Skotak. The family asks that contributions be made from Fontana’s title into the Humane Society, Best Friends Animal Society and also the American Film Institute.
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