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 "Spock. Parted from me and never parted.
Never and always touching and touched. I await you."

- as T'Pring on Star Trek: Amok Time (1967)

Martel appeared on The Twilight Zone (1959) episode, The Twilight Zone: Twenty Two (1961), under her birth name of "Arline Sax".

Arlene Martel (April 14th, 1936 – August 12th, 2014), born Arline Greta Sax, was an American actress, writer, and acting coach. Prior to 1964, she was frequently billed as Arline Sax, Arlene Sax or Tasha Martel.

In 1962, Martel made her first of two appearances on Perry Mason, as Fiona Cregan in "The Case of the Absent Artist". Later, she guest starred as Sandra Dunkel in "The Case of the Dead Ringer" (1966) when Raymond Burr played a dual role, that of Mason and as the actual murderer, Grimes. Martel appeared in the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" (1967 right) as T'Pring and the original The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" (1964).

Martel played the princess Sarafina on Have Gun – Will Travel, the evil witch Malvina on Bewitched, the French Underground contact Tiger in five episodes of Hogan's Heroes, a female cosmonaut on I Dream of Jeannie, a Hungarian immigrant Magda on The Fugitive episode "The Blessings of Liberty" (1966), and, memorably, as the nurse who repeatedly utters the sinister phrase "Room for one more, Honey!" at the entrance to a hospital morgue and as the stewardess at the door of a doomed airplane in the Twilight Zone episode "Twenty-Two". She also appeared in the season-one episode of The Twilight Zone "What You Need" (below).

Martel was billed (as Arline Sax) as a featured actress in the episode of Route 66 called "The Newborn", in which she gives birth. She also made guest appearances on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (above), The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, appeared as Asastia in Here Come the Brides, The Wild Wild West (below), Battlestar Galactica, the 1968 movie Angels from Hell, two appearances on The Monkees (below middle), and supporting performance in the adult comedy film Chatterbox (1977), also known as Virginia the Talking Vagina it co-stared Irwin Corey and Rip Taylor. It was poorly received by audiences.

Martel played Interpol agent Violette in The Six Million Dollar Man episode "The Last Fourth of July", and appeared as a featured actress in the Gunsmoke episode titled "The Squaw" (1975). Martel also appeared multiple times on Hogan's Heroes (above 1965 - 1971) playing an Underground agent named "Tiger". In 1974, Martel was billed as "Tasha Martelle", playing secretary "Marty Bach" in an episode of The Rockford Files.

Arlene Martel in (above from the top left to right) I Dream of Jeannie, The Monkees, Mission: Impossible, Columbo, Bewitched and Here Come The Brides.

Martel received top billing when she starred as the commandant in charge of the Russian road crew in Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978), although it was only a bit part lasting less than five minutes of the 97 minute movie. She also received credit in a font so large that it was almost twice as large as that used for Reggie Nalder or Michael Pataki, the leads who occupied most of the screen throughout the movie.

She appeared in the Star Trek webisode "Of Gods and Men" in the final scene as a Vulcan priestess initiating a marriage ceremony between Uhura and Vulcan native Stonn (a character from the episode "Amok Time", played by original actor Lawrence Montaigne).

Martel played Gloria, mistress of murder victim Tony Goodland (Bradford Dillman), in the Columbo episode "The Greenhouse Jungle" (1972).

Martel semi-retired from acting in the mid 1980s, and only worked sporadically after that. She appeared in several episodes of TV and in some un-released TV pilots in the early 2000s. She stated in interviews that even in her early career, she got most of her work via word of mouth and not through talent agents. In her later years, she often remarked, "I don't have a good agent who will get me the plum roles." Before her death, Martel was one of the narrators for the 2015 documentary film Unity.

Martel attended the (then) Performing Arts High School in New York, on which the movie "Fame" was based, graduating in 1953. She later studied method acting and was a member of The Actors Studio. She remained friends with Sidney Lumet and Anthony Quinn throughout their lifetimes.

Martel lived on the west side of Los Angeles when she first moved there, and for a time lived on Martel Ave. in West Hollywood. She appropriated the street name, and became known as Arlene Martel. During her third marriage, she became known off-screen as Tasha Martel Schoen.

Martel married and divorced three times. Her first marriage was to Robert Palmer. Her second marriage was to actor Jerry Douglas. Her third was to Matthew Schoen. She had three children: Adam Palmer, Avra Douglas, and journalist and designer Jod Kaftan, and had three grandchildren.

In her later years, Martel wrote a screenplay, "Whisper Into My Good Ear", based upon the one-act play of the same title by William Hanley. She had also begun work on a second screenplay, "Mrs. Dally Has a Lover," also by Hanley. Unfortunately, neither was produced, although Edward James Olmos was slated to direct "Whisper Into My Good Ear." Maximilian Schell and Max Von Sydow were slated to play the leads. Anthony Quinn was her original choice to play one of the leads and was learning the lines shortly before his death.

Martel dated James Dean and Cary Grant. She appeared in the Robert Altman film "The James Dean Story" (1957) and did many interviews in the years following his death for such networks as the BBC.

She was a regular at Star Trek Conventions worldwide from 1972 to 2014.

In 2010, Martel and Jeff Minniti self-published a book called "Mixed Messages", which was in fact an extensive collection of emails exchanged between them. Minniti was a fan of Martel's who contacted her some years before her death and they struck up a friendship. Martel had written her autobiography several years before her death, but it has not yet been published.

On August 12th, 2014, Martel died from complications of a heart attack at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. She had suffered breast cancer in her later years, although this was reportedly not the cause of her death. She lived in Santa Monica for many years. She is survived by her children and two of her three grandchildren.


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    Selected Arlene Martel TVography

- The Three Million Dollar Piracy (1973)

Battlestar Galactica
- The Long Patrol (1978)

Behind Closed Doors
- Flight to Freedom (1958)

Ben Casey
- My Good Friend Krikor (1961)

- Overture (1985)

- How Not to Lose Your Head to Henry VIII (1971)

Breaking Point
- My Hands Are Clean (1964)

Brothers & Sisters
- A Righteous Kiss (2010)

Bus Stop
- Cry to Heaven (1962)

Cain's Hundred
- The Manipulator: Raymond Cruz (1962)

- Indian Gold (1962)

- A Friend in Deed (1974)
- Double Exposure (1973, credit only)
- The Greenhouse Jungle (1972)

Death Valley Days
- Human Sacrifice (1960)

The Delphi Bureau
- The Terror Broker Project (1973)

The Detectives
- An Eye for an Eye (1961)
- Life in the Balance (1960)

The Doris Day Show
- The Sorrow of Sangapur (1972)

The Flying Nun
- Tonio's Mother (1968)

The Fugitive
- The Blessings of Liberty (1966)

General Electric Theater
- The Book of Silence (1960)

- The Diehards (1961)

- The Squaw (1975)

Have Gun - Will Travel
- The Princess and the Gunfighter (1961)

Here Come the Brides
- To the Victor (1970)

Hogan's Heroes
- Operation Tiger (1970)
- The Defector (1969)
- Never Play Cards with Strangers (1968)
- Heil Klink (1967)
- A Tiger Hunt in Paris: Part 1 and 2 (1966)
- Hold That Tiger (1965)

Hong Kong
- The Hunted (1961)

I Dream of Jeannie
- Russian Roulette (1965)

It Takes a Thief
- Guess Who's Coming to Rio (1969)

Iron Horse
- Hellcat (1966)

Knots Landing
- Homecoming (1983)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- The King of Knaves Affair (1964)

- The Danford File (1973)
- Murder Revisited (1970)

- A Little Plot at Tranquil Valley (1972)

Mission: Impossible
- Terror (1970)

The Monkees
- Monstrous Monkee Mash (1968)
- The Spy Who Came in from the Cool (1966)

My Favorite Martian
- Martin of the Movies (1965)

The New Breed
- The Man with the Other Face (1962)

The Outer Limits
- Demon with a Glass Hand (1964)

Perry Mason
- The Case of the Dead Ringer (1966)
- The Case of the Absent Artist (1962)

- A Very Lonely Lady (1974)

Playhouse 90
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960)

The Rebel
- The Hunted (1960)

The Restless Gun
- A Bell for Santo Domingo (1958)

Richie Brockelman, Private Eye
- The Framing of Perfect Sydney (1978)

The Rockford Files
- Trouble in Chapter 17 (1977)

The Rookies
- Vendetta (1974)

Route 66
- The Newborn (1961) ... Kawna Ivy
- Legacy for Lucia (1960)

The Six Million Dollar Man
- The Last of the Fourth of Julys (1974)

Star Trek
- Amok Time (1967)

Target: The Corruptors
- The Million Dollar Dump (1961)

The Twilight Zone
- Twenty Two (1961)
- What You Need (1959)

The Untouchables
- The Genna Brothers (1961)
- A Seat on the Fence (1960)

This Man Dawson
- Safe Haven (1960)

The Wild Wild West
- The Night of the Circus of Death (1967)

The Young and the Restless
- as Mavis MacDonald (1986)

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