(born June 15
) is an American actress
. Her most notable role may be that of Vulcan
in the Star Trek films
, having replaced Kirstie Alley
in the role, after producers dropped Alley due to her unrealistic salary demands to reprise her role in the sequel Star Trek III.
Film & television work
Although her first appearance as 'Saavik' in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
was promoted as being her film debut, in fact Curtis had already made several film and made-for-television movie appearances. Her portrayal however brought mixed reviews by Trek fans. This was followed by a second appearance as Lt. Saavik
in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
In 1993, Curtis played an unrelated Vulcan character ('Tallera/T'Paal') in the two-part episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation "Gambit". In the Babylon 5 episode "Deathwalker" she appeared as the Abbai Ambassador Kalika, and other series such as Dream On, Herman's Head, Night Court, MacGyver, Johnny Bago, The Equalizer, and on General Hospital as 'Carol Pulaski'. She co-starred in the episode "Short Notice" during the first season of the Knight Rider television series.
Other film work includes Hexed, Ghost Story, Shootdown, In Love with an Older Woman, A White Thread, A Black Thread, and LBJ - The Early Years in which she played the role of Jacqueline Kennedy.
Stage & commercial work
Curtis has numerous stage credits in regional and national theatre, including Gyspy
, ...And Other Songs
in New York
. She performed in The City Suite off-Broadway
and in Garden
in Los Angeles
. Other work includes The Nerd
, The Man of La Mancha
, and George Bernard Shaw
's The Apple Tree
Curtis has filmed more than 75 commercials, including campaigns for American Express, PaineWebber and International Coffees.
Since 2004, Curtis has worked successfully as a residential real estate agent in addition to her acting career. In mid-2005 she debuted her one-woman show, a work-in-progress, Not My Bra, You Don't! - The Sexual Odyssey of a Forty-Nine Year Old Woman
, and while she hit the circuit hard in the mid 1990s, currently she only makes semi-frequent appearances at Star Trek
conventions throughout the world.
A career interview with Curtis is to be published in Talkin' Trek and Other Stories by Anthony Wynn, coming from BearManor Media in early 2008.