Iconic Star Trek Writer Dorothy "DC" Fontana Passes Away at 80

Lawrence Kim
December 3, 2019

Dorothy Catherine Fontana, a writer on the original "Star Trek" series who had a long association with the franchise, died December 2.

Fontana's use of her initials effectively kept her gender veiled for many years, but she has been recognized as a pioneer in television writing. In the episode "Journey to Babel", she established the characters of Spock's father Sarek and mother Amanda.

Fontana's death was confirmed by the official "Star Trek" website, which described her as "the legendary writer who brought many of "Star Trek's" greatest episodes to life". She would later go on to be a producer on Star Trek: The Animated Series, where she wrote the episode "Yesteryear" and on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where she wrote the series pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint", in addition to "The Naked Now", "Too Short a Season", and "Heart of Glory".

Fontana is best known as one of Star Trek's foundational writers, working with creator Gene Roddenberry on the original series and establishing key franchise elements such as Vulcan culture. After the original "Star Trek" ended, she worked on a range of 1970s primetime series including "The Streets of San Francisco", "Bonanza", "Kung Fu", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "Logan's Run", "The Waltons" and "Dallas".

Fontana's influence and impact on the Star Trek franchise over the years is immeasurable.

The American Film Institute announced today the news of Fontana's passing. She won the Morgan Cox Award for Guild Service twice: once in 1997 and again in 2002.

"Her myth-building work on classic Trek blazed a trail for women, not only in television, but also in science fiction", the American Film Institute (AFI) said in a statement on Tuesday.

She is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak.

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