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Cousin finds long-lost Star Trek cousin at local autograph signing - San Jose Mercury News
Quinn, who will turn 50 this week, got an early birthday hug from Denise Crosby, a brief star on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," who was invited by the Santa Cruz comic book haunt Atlantis Fantasyworld to sign autographs during the opening weekend of...
Race aims to boost appeal for Liverpool James Bulger school - Liverpool Daily Post
Readers are invited to join them for the event on Sunday, May 31, when it is hoped at least 100 people will turn out for the walk which takes in Crosby promenade and Hightown Dunes. The walk, due to be started by James's mum, Denise Fergus,...
Plainfield Lions Club raises more than $16000 - Joliet Herald News
Denise Crosby and Dave Murawski bid on some of the 200 auction items. Frank Costa, Tom Schumacher and Joe Fairbairn enjoy refreshments while donating to the Lion's charity. Pat Andreason, Sally Conklin and Jean Brannon have warm spirits by the fire at...
Crosby churches welcome back Reverend Denise McDougall - Crosby Herald
ST Faith's and St Mary's Church have announced that Reverend Denise McDougall will be joining the United Benefice Ministry Team to serve the two churches from September this year. Denise, who has been a life-long member of St Faith's, will take up the...
IMHO "Southland" (1.7): Season Finale -
... the annoying C. Thomas Howell character finally going off the deep end; guest star Denise Crosby giving her finest TV performance since being killed by an evil talking oil slick on Star Trek: The Next Generation; and the cliffhanger of Tom Everett...
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Cornerback: Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby). She was head of security for Enterprise NCC-1701D. She also posed nude for the May 1988 edition of Playboy. Check it out if ultra-cropped '80s SuperCuts hairstyles do anything for ya....
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Lucky for me, it lives up to all my expectations, featuring a child who speaks in tongues, stop-motion doll shenanigans, slumming celebrities (Denise Crosby, Rip Torn) and a housekeeper who knows there's evil afoot but can't get anyone to believe her!...
Alternate Realities Star Trek: The Next Generation - Yesterday's ... - Den Of Geek
Not all fans liked Denise Crosby's character, but her return, and subsequent exit in one episode was an excellent addition to the story, and was skilfully used to create a paradox-laden future plotline that saw Crosby return as the Romulan offspring of...
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Denise Ruiz 6-0, 6-0; Doubles: Mal Will/Liz Matis (L) def. Herline Honorat/Meg Moore 6-0, 6-1; Layne Rissolo/Annie Mallin (L) def. Jakelina Hernandez/Molly Borina 6-0, 6-1; Taylor Boyd/Megan Waldbogel (L) def. Whitney Packer/Jo Jannett 6-0, 6-0....

Star Trek: The Next Generation


The series was broadcast in first-run syndication, with dates and times varying among individual television stations. The show gained a considerable following during its run and, like its predecessor, remains popular in syndicated reruns. It was the first of several series (the others being Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise) that kept new Star Trek episodes airing until 2005. Star Trek: The Next Generation won 18 Emmy Awards and, in its seventh season, became the first syndicated television show to be nominated for the Emmy for Best Dramatic Series. It was nominated for three Hugo Awards and won two, becoming the first television series since the original Star Trek to be recognized. The first-season episode "The Big Goodbye" also won the Peabody Award for excellence in television programming. The series formed the basis of the seventh through tenth Star Trek films.

After the box-office success of the Harve Bennett-produced Star Trek-based movies, Paramount decided to create a new Star Trek series in 1986. Roddenberry initially declined to be involved but came on board as creator after being unhappy with early conceptual work. The creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation was announced on October 10, 1986. The show was, unusually, broadcast in first-run syndication rather than running on a major network, with Paramount and the local stations splitting advertising time between them.

Roddenberry hired a number of Star Trek veterans, including Bob Justman, D. C. Fontana, Eddie Milkis, and David Gerrold. Paramount executive Rick Berman was assigned to the show at Roddenberry's request.

The Next Generation was shot on 35mm film, and was one of the first television shows with sound recorded in Dolby Surround. The filming negatives were scanned in a straight-to-video device.

The first season was marked by a "revolving door" of writers, with Gerrold and Fontana quitting after disputes with Roddenberry.

Mark Bourne of The DVD Journal wrote of season one: "A typical episode relied on trite plot points, clumsy allegories, dry and stilted dialogue, or characterization that was taking too long to feel relaxed and natural." Other targets of criticism include poor special effects and plots being resolved by the deus ex machina of Wesley Crusher saving the ship. However, Patrick Stewart's acting skills won praise and critics have noted that characters were given greater potential for development than those of the original series.

While the events of most episodes of season one were self-contained, many developments important to the show as a whole occurred during the season. The recurring nemesis Q was introduced in the pilot, "Encounter at Farpoint", the alien Ferengi first appeared in "The Last Outpost", the capabilities of the holodeck were explored, and the history between Will Riker and Deanna Troi was investigated.

Later season one episodes set the stage for serial plots. The episode "Datalore" introduced Data's evil twin brother Lore, who made several more appearances in later episodes. "Coming of Age" dealt with Wesley Crusher's efforts to get into Starfleet Academy while also hinting at the threat to Starfleet later faced in "Conspiracy". "Heart of Glory" explored Worf's character, Klingon culture, and the uneasy truce between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, three themes that would play a major role in later episodes. Tasha Yar left the show in "Skin of Evil", and the season finale, "The Neutral Zone", established the presence of two of TNG's most enduring villains: the Romulans, making their first appearance since the Original Series, and, through foreshadowing, the Borg.

The series premiere became the first television show to be nominated for a Hugo Award since 1972. Six first-season episodes were each nominated for an Emmy Award; "11001001" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series, "The Big Goodbye" won for Outstanding Costume Design for a Series, and "Conspiracy" won for Outstanding Achievement in Makeup for a Series.

The show underwent significant changes during its second season. Beverly Crusher was replaced as chief medical officer during the season by Katherine Pulaski, played by Diana Muldaur who had been a guest star in "Return to Tomorrow" and "Is There in Truth No Beauty?" two episodes from the original Star Trek. The show's recreational area, Ten-Forward, and its mysterious bartender/advisor, Guinan, played by Whoopi Goldberg, appeared for the first time in season two. Owing to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike, the number of episodes produced was cut from 26 to 22 and the start of the season was delayed. Because of the strike, the opening episode, "The Child", was based on a script originally written for Star Trek: Phase II, a previous attempt to create a new weekly Star Trek series, while the season finale, "Shades of Gray" was a clip show. Both episodes were critically panned.

Nevertheless, season two as a whole was widely regarded as significantly better than season one. The plots became more sophisticated, and began to mix drama with comic relief. Its focus on character development received special praise. Co-executive producer Maurice Hurley has stated that his primary goal for the season was to plan and execute season-long story arcs and character arcs. Hurley wrote the acclaimed episode "Q Who?", which featured the first on-screen appearance of TNG's most popular villain, the Borg. Season two focused on developing the character Data, and two highly-regarded episodes from the season, "Elementary, Dear Data" and "The Measure of a Man" featured him prominently. Miles O'Brien also became a more prominent character during the second season, while Geordi La Forge found a position as chief engineer. In fact, many critics of the first season panned the Engineering department for not having a stay-in Chief Engineer, as a result, many guest stars were for the Chief Engineer. Klingon issues continued to be explored in well-regarded episodes such as "A Matter of Honor" and "The Emissary", which introduced Worf's lover K'Ehleyr. Five second-season episodes were nominated for six Emmys; "Q Who?" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.

Prior to the production of the third season in the summer of 1989, some personnel changes were made. Head writer Maurice Hurley was let go and Michael Piller took over for the rest of the series. Creator and executive producer Gene Roddenberry took less of an active role due to his declining health (Roddenberry passed away on October 24, 1991). Roddenberry gave Piller and Berman the executive producer jobs, and they remained in that position for the rest of the series' run. Doctor Crusher came back to replace Doctor Pulaski who was always noted as a guest star in the second season. Ronald D. Moore joined the show after submitting a spec script that became "The Bonding"; he became the franchise's "Klingon guru", meaning that he wrote most TNG episodes dealing with the Klingon Empire (though he wrote some Romulan stories as well). Six third-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "Yesterday's Enterprise" won for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and "Sins of the Father" won for Best Art Direction for a Series.

Brannon Braga and Jeri Taylor joined the show in its fourth season. Seven fourth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II" won for both Outstanding Sound Editing in a Series and Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Series.

The fifth season's "Unification" opens with a dedication to Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. He was still credited as "Executive Producer," even after his death. He was no longer credited in that title after the fifth season finale "Time's Arrow, Part I." Seven fifth-season episodes were nominated for eight Emmys; "Cost of Living" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Makeup for a Series and there was a tie between "A Matter of Time" and "Conundrum" for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects. In addition, "The Inner Light" became the first television episode since the 1968 original series Star Trek episode "The City on the Edge of Forever" to win a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

The sixth season brought aboard a new set of changes. Now the writing staff was split between the newly-created Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation. Despite this, many writers wrote for both. Three sixth-season episodes were nominated for Emmys; "Time's Arrow, Part II" won for both Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series and Outstanding Individual Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series and "A Fistful of Datas" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series.

The seventh season was The Next Generation's last. The finale, "All Good Things...", was a double-length episode (separated into two parts for reruns) aired the week of May 19, 1994, revisiting the events of the pilot and providing a bookend to the series. Toronto's SkyDome, which was renamed 'Rogers Centre' in 2005, played host to a massive CITY-TV-sponsored event for the series finale. Thousands of people packed the stadium to watch the final episode on the stadium's Jumbotron. Five seventh-season episodes were nominated for nine Emmys, and the series as a whole was the first syndicated television series nomination for Outstanding Drama Series. To this day, The Next Generation is the only syndicated drama to be nominated in this category. It didn't win the coveted award, however. "All Good Things..." won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Special Visual Effects and "Genesis" won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Drama Series. "All Good Things..." also won the second of the series' two Hugo Awards.

The cast underwent several changes through the series' run. Denise Crosby chose to leave the show shortly before the first season ended. Michael Dorn's Worf replaced Tasha Yar as security chief and tactical officer. Crosby returned to portray Yar in alternate timelines in "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "All Good Things...". Crosby also played Yar's half-Romulan daughter, Sela.

Gates McFadden, as Beverly Crusher, was replaced after the first season by Katherine Pulaski, played by Diana Muldaur, during the second season. Muldaur never received billing in the opening credits, and instead was listed as a special guest star in the credits shown during the first act. Pulaski proved unpopular with viewers and was dropped at the end of the second season; McFadden returned for seasons 3-7 and reprised her role as Crusher.

Wesley Crusher was also written out of the show. According to actor Wil Wheaton's website, he wanted to leave the show because he was frustrated by having to fit other roles around his Trek schedule despite his character's decreasing role in the series. Wesley Crusher reappears in several later episodes.

The episodes follow the adventures of the crew of the Galaxy-class USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D. As the United Federation of Planets flagship, the Enterprise is designed for both exploration and diplomacy but is also formidable in combat situations if necessary.

The Enterprise's crew contact and discover many races and species with whom they interact as a means of exploring the "human" condition. Dramatic devices such as time travel or temporal loops, natural disasters, holodeck malfunctions, and other internal and external conflicts often occur without alien encounters, though these, too, are used to explore issues of humanity.

The show's theme combines the fanfare from the original series theme by Alexander Courage with Jerry Goldsmith's theme for Star Trek: The Motion Picture.

The Next Generation has other similarities to Star Trek: The Motion Picture, itself spun from the plans for Star Trek: Phase II. The movie's Willard Decker and Ilia bear similarities to The Next Generation's Will Riker and Deanna Troi. The series' second-season premiere was based on a Phase II script, as was the courtroom drama "Devil's Due".

Some sets used in the Original Series-era films were redressed for The Next Generation, and in turn used for subsequent Original Series films. Part of the transporter room set in The Next Generation was used in the original Star Trek's transporter set.

Variants of Enterprise's LCARS computer interface appear in the Deep Space Nine and Voyager spinoffs and the Next Generation-era films. The series also established the five-number stardate, with the second digit corresponding to the season; Deep Space Nine's opening stardate of 46379 aligns with The Next Generation's sixth season, and Voyager's 48315 places it in what would have been The Next Generation's eighth season.

Three original Star Trek main actors appear as their original series characters in The Next Generation: DeForest Kelley as Leonard McCoy in "Encounter at Farpoint", Leonard Nimoy as Spock in both halves of "Unification", and James Doohan as Montgomery Scott in "Relics". Mark Lenard played Sarek for both "Sarek" and "Unification, Part I", and Majel Barrett reprised her role of voicing the Enterprise's computer, as well as playing Deanna's mother, Lwaxana Troi. A script that reportedly featured the character of Harry Mudd, a recurring criminal in Star Trek, was cancelled when Roger C. Carmel died. The Romulans reprise their antagonistic role in The Next Generation, although the Klingons reappear as Federation allies.

The Next Generation introduces two characters who would later have lead roles in Deep Space Nine: Miles O'Brien (played by Colm Meaney) and Worf. The character who eventually became Kira Nerys was initially intended to be a reprisal of Michelle Forbes' Next Generation character, Ro Laren. Additional Next Generation characters who appear in Deep Space Nine include Q, the Duras sisters, Klingon Chancellor Gowron, Klingon Kurn (Worf's brother), Alexander Rozhenko (Worf's son), Keiko O'Brien (Miles' wife), Molly O'Brien (Miles' daughter), Lwaxana Troi, Thomas Riker, Vash and Gul Evek.

Reginald Barclay, Deanna Troi, Q, William Riker and LaForge appear in Voyager. Tom Paris, a main character in Voyager, was based on the Next Generation character Nicholas Locarno; Robert Duncan McNeill, who played Locarno, went on to play Paris.

The Ferengi, conceived but panned as The Next Generation's recurring antagonists, appear in subsequent Star Trek spin-offs. The Next Generation also introduces the Borg, Cardassian, Trill and Bajoran species, along with the Maquis resistance group, all of which play a part in both Deep Space Nine and Voyager.

Deep Space Nine's Julian Bashir, played by Alexander Siddig, appears in The Next Generation's "Birthright, Part I", and Armin Shimerman played Quark for "Firstborn".

The following Next Generation cast members have appeared as various other characters in other Star Trek productions.

The following actors from other Star Trek productions have appeared in guest spots on The Next Generation as other characters.

The series has also inspired numerous novels, analytical books, websites, and works of fan fiction.

On October 7, 2006, one of the three original filming models of the USS Enterprise-D used on the show sold at a Christie's auction for USD $576,000, making it the highest-selling item at the event.

The series' first season was released on DVD in March 2002. Throughout the year the next six seasons were released at various times on DVD, with the seventh season being released in December 2002. To commemorate the series 20th anniversary, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Complete Series on October 2, 2007. The DVD box set contains 49 discs. They have been critisized as too expensive compared to other TV shows.

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Mortuary (film)


Mortuary is a 2005 horror-thriller film directed by Tobe Hooper. It stars Dan Byrd, Alexandra Adi, and Denise Crosby.

After the loss of the father, the Doyle family move to the small town of Arkham. As the family struggles to come to grips with the loss of its father, the mother, Leslie (Denise Crosby), takes over the long abandoned Fowler Brothers Funeral Home. However, Leslie's son, Jonathan (Dan Byrd), is told of a town legend, by Liz (Alexandra Adi), whom he meets at his new diner job. The legend that surrounds the home causes the locals to fear it. Townsfolk suspect that the land the home lies on is haunted and the cemetery on the property to be the living place of a sadistic monster. The Doyle family soon discovers that something lurks beneath Arkham, something which raises corpses from their graves and feeds on death itself.

The film makes references to the works of H. P. Lovecraft: a quote carved on the door of a vault reads, "That is not dead which can eternal lie, and with strange eons even death may die," which is taken from his short story "The Call of Cthulhu"; the setting is a town called Arkham, which is the name of the town where the fictional Miskatonic University is located.

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No Stranger to Love

The only single from the album Seventh Star which was effectively Tony Iommi's 1st solo album, but became an album for Black Sabbath featuring Tony Iommi, thanks to pressure from the record company.

A 12" US promo single, in a card picture-sleeve, has an alternate mix, which adds harmony vocals from Glenn Hughes.

The song is essentially a power ballad, a fact which, regardless of the actual quality of the music, drew the ire of many Sabbath fans, who were used to sonic heaviness and gloomy, macabre lyrics.

The music video co-starred Denise Crosby from Star Trek: The Next Generation fame alongside the band.

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Marina Sirtis

At Dragon Con, September 2005.

Marina Sirtis (born 29 March 1955) is an English-born actress of Greek descent, who is most noted for playing the half-Human/half-Betazoid Counselor Deanna Troi on the television and film series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Sirtis was born in London, England, UK, and is of Greek descent. She is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. She has been married to rock guitarist and actor Michael Lamper since 21 June 1992. Her younger brother, Steve, plays football in Greece and played for Columbia University in the early 1980s. She auditioned for drama school against her parents' wishes, ultimately being accepted to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Sirtis started her career as a member of the repertory company at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, West Sussex in 1976. Directed by Nic Young, she appeared in Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw and as Ophelia in Hamlet.

Before her role in Star Trek, Sirtis was featured in provocative, sexually-themed supporting roles in several movies. In the Faye Dunaway film The Wicked Lady, she engaged in a topless whip fight with Dunaway. In the Charles Bronson sequel Death Wish 3, Sirtis's character is a rape victim. In the film Blind Date, she appears in a topless scene as a prostitute who is murdered by a madman.

She has an established CV of British television work, appearing in Minder, Raffles, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes among other things. She played the stewardess in the famous Cinzano Bianco television commercial starring Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins, in which Collins was splattered with drink.

Gene Roddenberry was inspired to ask the exotic-looking Sirtis to audition for a role after seeing the film Aliens with Bob Justman, which featured the prominent Latina character Vasquez, played by Jenette Goldstein. Sirtis and Denise Crosby initially tried out for the other's eventual role on The Next Generation. Sirtis's character was going to be named Lt. Macha Hernandez, the Security Chief. Gene Roddenberry decided to switch them, and Macha Hernandez became Natasha Yar. Sirtis recalls that on the day she received a call offering her the role of Deanna Troi, she was actually packing to return to England, because her six-month visa had ended.

Originally the writers found it tough to write for Troi and even left her out of four of the first season episodes. Sirtis felt her job was in jeopardy after the first season but was overjoyed when Gene Roddenberry took her aside at Jonathan Frakes's wedding and told her the season two premiere episode, "The Child," was a Deanna Troi episode.

Sirtis appeared in all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and her character was developed from a more passive therapist to tougher Starfleet officer, much to Sirtis's approval.

She has stated her favourite episode is season six's "Face of the Enemy" when Troi is kidnapped and surgically altered to pose as a Romulan, as it was a turning point for her character. And simply getting Troi into a regulation uniform that season (in "Chain of Command") changed the character as she could carry her tricorder and phaser to go on away missions and Sirtis has joked saying you can't have cleavage and brains in Hollywood.

During her time on the show, she became close friends with her co-stars Jonathan Frakes (who played her on-again/off-again lover Commander Riker), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf, also an on-screen love interest) and Brent Spiner. Cast members Spiner and Dorn were groomsmen at her wedding.

She usually wore hair-pieces for her role as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Sirtis's real hair was slightly shorter, and although curly, was not as bouffant as her character's. However, Sirtis's real hair was used in the pilot episode, and also in the first six episodes of season six, in which Troi sported a more natural looking pony-tailed style. She also created an accent (described as a mixture of Eastern European and Hebrew) for her character, although her natural accent is English.

Sirtis has also reprised her character of Deanna Troi in the feature films, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Nemesis. She also appeared in Star Trek: Voyager for three episode towards the end of the series and also in the series finale of Star Trek: Enterprise.

After the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994, Sirtis continued to work regularly. She gained experience as a voice actress from the 1994 Disney animated television series Gargoyles, where she provided her voice for the antagonistic character Demona. She voiced the character again for an episode of the unmade Animated Series Team Atlantis.

Sirtis popularly appeared in episodes of other science fiction television shows such as The Outer Limits, Stargate SG-1 and Earth: Final Conflict. Her other guest starring roles include Diagnosis: Murder, Threat Matrix (playing a Bio-weapons scientist from Iraq), The Closer, a three episode recurring role on Girlfriends and Without a Trace.

She has also starred in many independent and made for tv movies including Gadgetman, Paradise Lost, Terminal Error, Net Games, Spectres, Grendel, Inalienable and Oranges.

In the UK she made a highly publicized guest appearance on the BBC hospital drama series Casualty in 2001. In 2008, she made a guest appearance in an episode of Casualty's sister show, Holby City.

Sirtis has expanded her career branching out into production, being associate producer for Spectres and The Deep Below.

In 2004, Sirtis had a minor role in the Academy Award winning ensemble movie Crash as the wife of the Iranian shopkeeper.

She has several films in pre and post-production including The Grudge 3, Green Street 2, 31 North 62 East and Shadows from the Sky.

She also has done voice work for computer games, as the character Matriarch Benezia for the Xbox 360 and PC 2007 RPG Mass Effect, as well as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: A Final Unity and Star Trek: Generations PC Games.

Sirtis has read a few audio books including Powers That Be, by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Anne Scarborough.

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Trekkies (film)

Trekkies is a 1997 documentary film directed by Roger Nygard about the devoted fans of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek franchise. Starring Denise Crosby (best known for her portrayal of Security Chief Tasha Yar on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation), the movie contains interviews with Star Trek devotees, more commonly known as Trekkies. The fans range from people who dress as Klingons to members of Brent Spiner fan clubs and a club that is producing a Star Trek movie of their own. Trekkies includes many Star Trek actors and fans, including Barbara Adams, the Whitewater scandal trial juror who arrived in court in her Starfleet uniform. Another prominent profilee was Gabriel Köerner, who attained minor celebrity status as a result of his role in the film. In 2003, a sequel was launched, entitled Trekkies 2. This documentary travels throughout the world, mainly in Europe, to show fans of Star Trek from outside the United States. It also revisits memorable fans featured in the previous film.

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Tasha Yar

Tasha Yar on the Enterprise-D

Lieutenant Natasha "Tasha" Yar, played by Denise Crosby, is a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation. In the fictional series, the character served as chief of security aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the first season.

Crosby left the series near the end of first season, but reprised the role in "Yesterday's Enterprise" and "All Good Things...".

Originally, the character was to be named "Macha Hernandez" and was set to be played by Jenette Goldstein. Yar was originally inspired by the character of Vasquez in Aliens. Goldstein was replaced by Marina Sirtis. At that time, Denise Crosby was set to play Deanna Troi, but she and Sirtis switched roles before production began.

The back story for the character states that Natasha (Tasha) Yar, of Ukrainian descent, was born on Turkana IV, a colony that fell into chaos and eventually severed ties to the United Federation of Planets. Tasha learned to defend herself on the streets and avoid rape gangs. She left Turkana IV at age 15, leaving her younger sister behind, and later attended Starfleet Academy.

After watching Yar cross a minefield to save a colonist, Jean-Luc Picard requested that she be assigned to his next command. She later becomes chief of security and chief tactical officer aboard the USS Enterprise-D, some time prior to the beginning of the series.

Armus kills Yar on Vagra II as a demonstration of his power in "Skin of Evil". while Yar is attempting to rescue Deanna Troi. Worf replaces her as chief tactical and security officer.

In "Yesterday's Enterprise", the USS Enterprise-C travels into the future in the midst of defending a Klingon colony from Romulan attack, creating an alternate timeline in which the Federation and Klingon Empire are at war, and in which Yar did not die on Vagra II. Learning from Guinan that she died a senseless death in the normal timeline, Yar opts to return to the past aboard the Enterprise-C. There, she is captured and becomes consort to a Romulan general in order to spare her fellow survivors' lives. She later bears the general a child, Sela, also played by Crosby. Years later, Yar is executed by the Romulans when trying to escape from them with Sela.

Yar's final appearance is in scenes that take place in the series finale, "All Good Things...". Her scenes are mostly what happened in times other than shown in the pilot episode "Encounter at Farpoint" and diverges from the "normal" time-frame as events in the finale occur.

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Denise Crosby

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Denise Michelle Crosby (born November 24, 1957) is an American actress who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Security Chief Tasha Yar on the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Crosby was born in Hollywood, California, the daughter of Marilyn Scott and actor Dennis Crosby. Her choice of career solidified at an early age and was influenced by the involvement of other family members in "showbiz." Her grandfather was actor/singer/comedian Bing Crosby and her ex-father-in-law was the noted director Blake Edwards.

Crosby was married to Geoffrey Edwards from 1983 to 1990 and appeared in a few of his father's films, including Skin Deep, Trail of the Pink Panther, and Curse of the Pink Panther.

Crosby is now married to Ken Sylk and has one son, August William Sylk.

In 1987, Crosby was cast in the role of Tasha Yar for the much publicized return of Star Trek to television in the syndicated series Star Trek: The Next Generation. She had been tapped to play Deanna Troi before Gene Roddenberry switched her and Marina Sirtis. Initially one of the top-billed characters and featured prominently in episodes such as "The Naked Now" and "Code of Honor", the role of Tasha gradually moved into the background as other members of the ensemble cast became a greater focus of the series. It has been reported that Crosby grew disillusioned with her role because of the "Uhura-like" status of her role: Tasha was always present, yet her character was never expanded upon.

Ultimately, Crosby decided to leave the show. Her character was unceremoniously killed by the alien creature Armus during the episode "Skin of Evil". She had starred in 22 episodes of the program at the point of departure.

In later years, Crosby had second thoughts about leaving the show, and approached the TNG production team with the idea of reprising her role of Tasha Yar. This came to be in season three's "Yesterday's Enterprise" in which an alternate timeline is created after the USS Enterprise-C, the predecessor to TNG's USS Enterprise-D, comes forward 22 years in time. Yar joined the Enterprise-C before it returned to its own time. During the documentary Trekkies, Crosby commented that her Tasha Yar character had to die in order to get "the best episodes".

Crosby would also guest star in several other TNG episodes, "Mind's Eye" as Romulan Commander Sela, the half-human, half-Romulan daughter of Tasha Yar, who had been impregnated after being taken prisoner in the past after joining the crew of the Enterprise-C in "Yesterday's Enterprise". Crosby later reprised the role in the Star Trek: Armada video game.

Tasha Yar was also featured in the feature length final episode of the series entitled "All Good Things..." in which Captain Picard is moving back and forth through time. In the past Tasha is taking him by shuttle to the Enterprise for the first time and features throughout the episode.

Crosby produced and narrated the 1997 documentary Trekkies, followed by the 2003 sequel, Trekkies 2. Both films star Crosby, who conducts interviews with devotees of Star Trek, more commonly known as "Trekkies".

She will appear in an upcoming two-part episode of the Internet fan-based series Star Trek: New Voyages called "Blood and Fire", playing Dr. Jenna Yar, Tasha Yar's grandmother.

Crosby appeared in Chris Isaak's first music video, "Dancin'". Her first high-profile role was as Lisa Davis on the soap opera Days of our Lives. One of her very first film appearances was in the 1982 Eddie Murphy film 48 Hours. In 1986 she appeared in a music video for Black Sabbath's "No Stranger to Love".

Following her Star Trek days, Crosby worked non-stop in television, notably as Dr. Gretchen Kelly on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, as well as in high-budget features like Deep Impact. In the early 1990s, she played the role of the mayor in the short-lived series Key West. Crosby has also appeared in Stephen King's Pet Sematary and Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. She starred in the 2002 western horror film Legend of the Phantom Rider. She also appeared in two episodes of the cable television series Red Shoe Diaries, playing different characters in each episode, frequently appearing nude. She was a guest star on the eighth season of The X-Files for two episodes, in which she plays a doctor who took examinations of Agent Scully's baby. In 1991 she was a guest star in The Flash season 1, episode 15 as Dr. Rebecca Frost, and in 2006 she was also a guest star in Dexter season 1, episode 3 as Dexter's first victim. Crosby starred in the Tobe Hooper horror film Mortuary.

Following her appearance on Star Trek: The Next Generation, previously unpublished nude photos of Crosby originally shot for a pictorial in the March 1979 edition of Playboy magazine appeared in the May 1988 issue of Playboy (see List of people in Playboy 1980-1989). In the first pictorial, Crosby was featured as a new-wave model, with the additional angle of being the granddaughter of the legendary Bing Crosby.

Crosby announced in late 2008 that she was considering opening a small traveling actor's studio for small-town actors. She cited the difficulty in "country folk" finding a creative outlet as one of her reasons.

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Pet Sematary (film)

Pet Sematary (sometimes referred to as Stephen King's Pet Sematary) is a 1989 horror film adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert, the film stars Dale Midkiff as Louis Creed, Denise Crosby as Rachel Creed, Blaze Berdahl as Ellie Creed, Miko Hughes as Gage Creed, and Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall. A man, Andrew Hubatsek, was chosen for Zelda's role. Stephen King wrote the screenplay himself, having become frustrated with how his novels were represented in film adaptations, and appears briefly in the film as a minister at a funeral.

Pet Sematary was filmed in King's home state of Maine, utilizing locations such as Mount Hope Cemetery (Bangor) and Ellsworth. There was also a sequel, Pet Sematary 2, which met with less financial and critical success. IMDB states a remake will be released in 2010.

The plot revolves around the corporeal reanimation of deceased pets and humans in an abandoned Micmac burial ground outside the town of Ludlow, Maine. The Creed family moves into a new home and befriends their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, who tells them about a pet cemetery and the burial grounds nearby. Louis Creed, taking a job at the local hospital, is treating a car accident victim named Victor Pascow, who dies on the operating table. Later that night, in what's seemingly a dream, Pascow visits Louis in his sleep, warning him about the burial ground. Shaken, he wakes up to find his feet covered in dirt, hinting that perhaps it wasn't a dream, after all. Not long after, Church, the cat owned by Louis's daughter Ellie, is run over by a truck on the highway road in front of their house while the rest of the family is in Chicago for Thanksgiving. Not wanting to tell Ellie the bad news, he asks Jud to take him to the burial grounds. He buries the cat there, underneath a cairn. Church is surprisingly brought back to life, but he acts very different; he attacks Louis, hisses at him, and seems to still reek of decomposition, his injuries not healing. Louis begins regretting ever burying the cat there in the first place.

Tragically, Louis's young son Gage is run over by a passing semi truck on the very same road Church was, during a family picnic. The entire family stricken with grief, Louis considers burying Gage in the burial grounds, as well. Jud tries to dissuade him from doing so, by telling him about a young soldier from town, Timmy Baterman, who had returned dead from World War II. His father, Bill, upset over his son's death, had placed his son's corpse into the Micmac burial ground, only to have it reanimate and terrify the townsfolk. Jud and three of his friends tried to save the father and burn down the house with the son in it, but unfortunately Bill was attacked by "Timmy", both perishing in the fire. Jud ends his story by saying, "Don't think about doing it, Louis. This evil. Sometimes...dead is better.", and confesses that the place made Gage die, because he introduced Louis to it. Ellie and Rachel travel back to Chicago, but Ellie is reluctant, as she had a bad dream about her father, Gage, and Pascow. She pleads her father to go with her. Nevertheless, they leave, Louis once again being alone. He heads to the cemetery Gage is buried in, intending on exhuming his son's corpse, despite the story Jud had told him. He is met at the graveyard by Pascow, who tells him the barrier was not meant to be crossed, and that the ground is sour.

That night in Chicago, Ellie has a nightmare, stating that Pascow warned her that Louis is going to do something really bad, and that he's trying to help him because Louis tried to save his life. Rachel, with a little help from Pascow, whose spirit is still inside the house, realizes who her daughter was talking about, and phones her husband. Not getting an answer, she then calls Jud. She asks if he's seen Louis, and then tells him she's coming home. He tries to warn her not to, but she has already hung up.

Despite the warnings from both Pascow and Jud, Louis digs up Gage's body, narrowly dodging security. He then takes his son's corpse from it's grave, and heads to the burial ground with it. Heading up the steep, lumber littered trail to the grounds, Pascow's spirit once again trying to stop him from making the mistake of bringing Gage back. It startles Louis, but he holds strong and continues on to the Micmac grounds, burying Gage there. Louis heads back home, exhausted from his activities. Back at the burial ground, the cairn he placed on top of Gage's new grave moves, a tiny hand emerging from the rocks, an unnatural growl heard from underneath. Gage returns home, but obviously not the same little boy he used to be, as he heads for his father's room, removing a scalpel from one of his doctor's bags. He heads for Jud's house, playing a game of hide and go seek with the old man, which turns deadly when Gage slices Jud's Achilles tendon and rips his throat out.

Rachel then arrives home, upon which she hears something that sounds like her late sister Zelda calling her name, then Gage's laughter. She wanders into Jud's house, to find Gage, dressed in one of Jud's old hats and one of his canes. He tells her he brought her something, and shows her Louis's scalpel. Thinking nothing of it, Rachel hugs her son in disbelief, and is stabbed through the back.

Louis wakes up the next day, to find Gage's muddy footprints on the floor, his doctor's bag opened. He receives a call from "Gage", saying, "Come play with me daddy! First I played with Jud, and then I played with mommy. We had an awful good time. Now I want to play with you." Preparing a couple of shots of morphine, he heads to Jud's house, running into Church once more. He distracts the cat with a raw steak, then gives him a shot of morphine, the cat dying almost instantaneously. He heads into the house, once more taunted by"Gage, and prepares the second shot of Morphine, telling Gage "All right, let's play." Louis searches the house for him, only to have Rachel's corpse fall down from the attic space, hung by her neck. The dead boy then leaps from the attic door, attacking his father viciously, biting and stabbing him with the scalpel. Louis drops the morphine shot down the stairs in the fight. Finally able to get his reanimated son off of him, he grabs another morphine shot from his pocket. Gage heads for him again, scalpel in hand, but Louis is ready this time, and injects the boy with the shot. Giving up, Gage walks away, muttering, "No fair", until he finally slumps against a wall, dead. Louis then soaks the house in kerosene, and sets it on fire, carrying his wife's body out of it. Pascow watches, knowing what he is doing, and tells him that he's sorry, and not to make it worse by burying Rachel in the same place, to which Louis replies that he waited too long with Gage, and that it'll work this time with his wife, because she just died. Pascow tries to warn him, but his calls of protest fall on deaf ears, as the man is simply too grief stricken to listen.

Louis heads home after burying her, and plays solitare while he waits. At midnight, Rachel comes through the kitchen door, walking towards her husband. She is dirty from being buried, and the upper left half of her face is skeletal. She coos, "Darling..." and the two embrace, kissing. As they're doing so, "Rachel" reaches for a knife on the kitchen table and grabs it slowly. The screen blacks out, and we hear Louis scream.

Produced by Richard P. Rubinstein, Executive Produced by Tim Zinneman and Co-Produced by Mitchell Galin. Directed by Mary Lambert. Stephen King wrote both the novel and the screenplay for the movie. Earlier drafts of the screenplay include the Wendigo (not menioned in the movie) and an ending closer to the book.

The soundtrack was composed by Elliot Goldenthal. The end credits contained a song, called "Pet Sematary", by Punk rock band, The Ramones, which was a radio hit and was later released on their 1989 album Brain Drain. The end of Pet Sematary 2 also had The Ramones play their hit "Poison Heart" in the end credits.

The documentaries feature interviews with Dale Midkiff, Brad Greenquist, Denise Crosby, Stephen King, director Mary Lambert, Fred Gwynne, and other members of the cast and crew.

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Source : Wikipedia