Marina is definitely not the soft-spoken, demure Betazoid that we all saw on Next Generation, and she would be the first person to tell you that. She told how the character of Deanna Troi was originally outlined to be the “brains” of the ship. However, once they had her change costumes to the jumpsuit with cleavage, her brain “matter” dropped drastically. Patrick Stewart (otherwise referred to as “Old Baldy and “His Majesty”) seemed to agree when after Counselor Troi said her famous line “Captain, I sense he is hiding something from us” he jokingly retorted “We know that you stupid cow!” At that time in Hollywood, it seems if you had cleavage, you couldn’t have a brain. In the latter seasons when they put her back in uniform (with pips, mind you), amazingly, the brain came back with it! Not that it helped her driving skills, as she is the one that crashed the Enterprise twice…
Aside from settling the question of who Troy should end up with once and for all, Marina Sirtis was the toast of my con experience and the perfect way to wrap up my blogging efforts for StarFest 2010. Vibrant and bloody funny, she offered a load of wisdom during her Q&A session which ran from 3:00 to 4:15 this afternoon, and even managed to do “The Time Warp.” But nobody could complain about her asking for extra time with the fans when she offered pearls like Michael Dorn’s nickname, “Dorny,” the pitfalls behind letting Troy drive the Enterprise, and insights into the never-ending laughter backstage on the set of Star Trek: TNG.
If you missed Maria Sirtis this year, make the effort to see her next year, if only for her genuine affection and gratitude toward the fans, who she thanked for her house, car, and clothes on her back. Personally, I’m grateful to Ms. Sirtis for the following quotes:
“The cleavage went away and the grey matter came flowing back.” – Marina Sirtis
“Don’t you remember? It’s in the Nexus. I go back and save the Universe.” – Patrick Stewart
“I made him take his teeth out. Last thing I needed was lacerated lips!” – Marina Sirtis
Counselor Deanna Troi of Star Trek: The Next Generation
As the psychic counselor on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ms. Sirtis has spent several years snuggling with aliens and crashing starships. Born in London to Greek parents, (which probably accounts for her exotic good looks) she began her career as a member of the repertory company at the Connaught Theatre in 1976. Directed by Nic Young, she appeared in Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw and as Ophelia in Hamlet..
Branching into British TV, she appeared in Minder & Hazel and One Last Chance. Her non-genre feature films include: The Wicked Lady, Death Wish III, Blind Date, and Richard Donner’s The Thief of Baghdad.
In the Star Trek World, Marina has appeared in 176 Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, 3 Star Trek: Voyager episodes and the final Enterprise episode. She has starred in the films Star Trek Generations, Star Trek First Contact, and Star Trek Insurrection. Additionally, her voice has been used in numerous Star Trek Video Games.
Marina’s genre contributions include: The Outer Limits, Earth: Final Conflict, Stargate: SG1, InAlienable, and Annihillation Earth. She has three projects currently slated for 2010, Otis E (in the can), Immortal Cycle (in post-production), and Shadows From the Sky (currently in pre-production).
Ms. Sirtis will be attending all three days of StarFest. Her Q&A session is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 18th.