Janice Rand

Janice Rand

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Caption = Yeoman Janice Rand
Species = Human
Gender = Female
Affiliation = Starfleet
Posting = USS "Enterprise" yeoman
Starfleet Command
USS "Excelsior" communications officer
Rank = unspecified,
Portrayed = Grace Lee Whitney
Yeoman Janice Rand, played by Grace Lee Whitney, is a character in the '. The character subsequently appears in several Star Trek films and in an episode of '.


Rand serves as yeoman to Captain James T. Kirk aboard the USS "Enterprise" in the first half of the first season of The Original Series. A mutual attraction is suggested between her and Captain Kirk in episodes such as "The Naked Time", "The Enemy Within", and "Miri". Rand's character disappeared halfway into the first season, appearing in eight episodes altogether.

Rand next appeared in the 1979 film ' as a transporter operator and non-commissioned officer, [cite book|title=The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture|author=Roddenberry, Gene and Sackett, Susan|year=1980|publisher=Pocket Books] . Her next appearance was in ' where she has been promoted to Chief Petty Officer and was stationed in San Francisco along with Christine Chapel. She served as the communications officer aboard the USS "Excelsior" in "" and in the "Voyager" episode "".

Whitney had a cameo in "" and was identified by fans as portraying Janice Rand, although the credits listed her as "woman in cafeteria". Whitney, in her autobiography, maintained that she was not playing Rand in the movie.


Grace Lee Whitney was released during the filming of the first season. [cite book|title=Talkin' Trek and Other Stories|author=Anthony Wynn|year=2007|publisher=BearManor Media|id=ISBN 1593930747] The last episode she filmed was "The Conscience of the King", in which Rand makes a brief appearance.

The reasons for Whitney's departure from the show are unclear, although the most commonly cited cause was that her character limits romantic possibilities for Captain Kirk. [cite book|title=Inside Star Trek: The Real Story|author=Herbert F. Solow and Robert H. Justman|publisher=Pocket Books|year=1996|id=ISBN 0-671-00974-5] Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's biography suggests that it was simply a budget cutback. [cite book|title=Star Trek Creator: The Authorized Biography of Gene Roddenberry|author=Alexander, David|publisher=Roc|year=1994|id=ISBN 0-451-45440-5]

Whitney was suffering from alcoholism at the time, and according to some sources this affected her performance, which resulted in Rand's character being written out of certain episodes. Subsequently, this led to Rand being written out of the show altogether. Whitney in the 1980s identified these as possible causes for her dismissal, [cite book|title=The Star Trek Interview Book|author=Allan Asherman|year=1988|publisher=Titan Books|id=ISBN 1852861045] but in her autobiography, she steadfastly refuted the claims.

According to Whitney, in the first season, only William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were guaranteed to appear in every episode. Of the three episodes that Rand's character did not appear, two of which ("Mudd's Women" and "What Are Little Girls Made Of?") never did have her character written in. The only episode that Rand was deliberately written out of was Dagger of the Mind, which Whitney said was a creative decision made because the episode's storyline put the mutual and yet repressed attraction between Kirk and Rand too much out in the open.

In her autobiography, Whitney alleges that an unnamed TV executive made a sexual assault against her, and she draws a link between this and her sacking a few days later. [cite book|title=The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy|author=Grace Lee Whitney and Jim Denney|id=ISBN 1884956033|publisher=Quill Driver Books]

tar Trek novels

Vonda N. McIntyre's novel "" suggests that Rand lied about her age in order to enlist in Starfleet and was only 17 at the start of Kirk's five-year mission. In Peter David's novel "The Captain's Daughter", Rand tells Captain Sulu that she left Starfleet for a period of time to raise a daughter, Annie. The child's father was a "Starfleet officer on the fast track to greatness" who never knew about the child. Annie became ill and died at the age of two; after this traumatic event, Rand rejoined Starfleet.

Cultural impact

Rand was lampooned by Victoria Jackson when William Shatner guest hosted Saturday Night Live. In the skit, the Enterprise had been converted into a rotating space-restaurant and Rand was one of the crew who now worked on the ship as a waitress.


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