'Star Trek' actress Barbara March dies at 65 following battle with cancer

Chris Edwards
Star Trek actress Barbara March (Getty)

Star Trek star Barbara March has died at 65, following her battle with cancer.

The actress was best known for playing Lursa, one of the two sisters of the Klingon House of Duras, appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Generations.

The news of her passing was announced by her husband Alan Scarfe, who wrote on Facebook: “My beloved Barbara, my partner in all things for more than forty years, passed through eternity’s gate yesterday evening after a cruel battle with cancer.

“She was wise and compassionate and beautiful and her brilliance, kindness and perspicacity touched many.”

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Barbara March as Lursa and Gwynyth Walsh as B'Etor – The Duras sisters, Klingon (Getty Images)

“Her stage performances as the Duchess of Malfi at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Isabella in Measure for Measure at Canada’s Stratford Festival, Desdemona, Titania, Lady Macbeth, Ruth in The Homecoming and Rowena in The Gayden Chronicles were without equal and a vast audience will continue to marvel at her portrayal of Lursa of the House of Duras on Star Trek.’

He went on to pay tribute to her work as an author, artist and poet, adding that he hopes her screen adaptation of her novella The Copper People will soon be produced, along with her plays The Razing of Charlotte Bronte and comic satire Pinteresque.

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Barbara March attends day 3 of the official Star Trek convention at the Rio Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on August 13, 2011 (Getty Images)

“She was a fountain of original ideas and possessed a unique depth of understanding,” he continued. “Tosia and Rick and Jon and I and all her family and friends will miss her terribly. ‘But now, I know, she is truly free to dance.”

Star Trek’s official Twitter account also paid tribute to March, writing in a post: “We’re saddened to report the passing of Barbara March, who made her mark on the #StarTrekUniverse with her memorable performances as the fierce Klingon, Lursa”

Meanwhile, Star Trek executive producer Bryan Fuller, wrote: “SAFE JOURNEY TO STO’VO’KOR AND BEYOND, BARBARA MARCH.”