Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney

About Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney, also known as Ruth Whitney and Lee Whitney (born Mary Ann Chase; April 1, 1930) is an American actress and entertainer. She is best known for playing the role of Janice Rand on the Star Trek television series and subsequent films. Whitney was born as Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was adopted by the Whitney family who named her Grace Elaine Whitney. After she moved out, she began to call herself Lee Whitney, and eventually, she became known as Grace Lee Whitney. Whitney started her entertainment career as a 'girl singer' on Detroit's WJR radio at the age of fourteen. In her late teens, she moved to Chicago and started to open in nightclubs for such luminaries as Billie Holiday and Buddy Rich, and toured with the Spike Jones and Fred Waring Bands.

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