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"An Earth woman living on a planet where love, emotion, is bad taste."
– Spock, 2266 ("The Naked Time")

Amanda Grayson was a Human teacher from Earth. (TOS: "The Naked Time", et al.) She was a wife to Sarek, as well as mother of Spock and foster mother to Michael Burnham. (TOS: "Journey to Babel", et al.)

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Amanda was born around the turn of the 23rd century. (TOS: "This Side of Paradise")

During the late 2220s, Amanda met Sarek, the Vulcan Ambassador to Earth. The two later married, and she returned to Vulcan with Sarek. (TOS: "Amok Time") In later years, in describing his parents' relationship, Spock stated that his mother "considered herself a very fortunate Earth woman." (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia, a line in an early draft of the script for TOS: "Journey to Babel" suggested that Sarek and Grayson were married in 2230.
Amanda in labor

Amanda Grayson giving birth to Spock in 2230

In 2230, Amanda gave birth to her only son, Spock. A few years later, Amanda and Sarek adopted Michael Burnham after her parents' death. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; DIS: "Lethe")

It was not uncommon for Spock to mention his mother's origins. (TOS: "The Enterprise Incident") While under the influence of polywater intoxication, Spock regretted that he "could never tell her that he loved her." (TOS: "The Naked Time")

Spock once spoke of Amanda's fondness for reading the works of Lewis Carroll. She often read stories, such as Through the Looking-Glass, to both Spock and Burnham during their youth. (TAS: "Once Upon a Planet"; DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

Amanda Grayson gives Michael Burnham a book

Amanda gives Michael Burnham a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

In 2249, Amanda told Burnham to retain her human side and gave her a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a mother's gift. She later expressed shock at Michael's rejection from the Vulcan Expeditionary Group, citing her academic record as proof of her worthiness to join it. (DIS: "Lethe") Burnham continued to carry the copy with her after her conviction and imprisonment, including aboard USS Discovery. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings")

Amanda Grayson and Michael Burnham, 2257

Amanda visits Michael in 2257

In 2257, after the Federation-Klingon War ended, Amanda came to visit Michael twice. Amanda asked her "Isik for your thoughts?", to which Michael responded with the question of what an isik is. Amanda admitted she had no idea, and that it was just something her mother said to her. Michael then thanked Amanda for not giving up on her, explaining that she never understood Amanda's desire for her to retain her humanity until now, and Amanda told her it's what mothers do. Amanda was later seen sitting in the audience at the celebration ceremony for the victory of the war and Michael's promotion to science officer. (DIS: "Will You Take My Hand?")

In an alternate timeline created by the death of Spock in 2237, Amanda and Sarek separated and she returned to Earth, where she was killed in a shuttle accident at Lunaport. (TAS: "Yesteryear")

Amanda Grayson, 2268

Amanda in 2268

During the Babel Conference of 2268, she accompanied her husband aboard the USS Enterprise, and helped Sarek and Spock to reconcile some of their differences. Spock wondered why his father would marry an emotional woman. Sarek replied that at the time, it seemed the logical thing to do, a comment Amanda found quite charming. (TOS: "Journey to Babel")

During this journey, Captain Kirk was at a loss as to how to properly refer to her, calling her "Mrs. Sarek." Amanda said that her married name was usually unpronounceable by humans, although she could do it "after a fashion, and with many years of practice." She said to simply call her "Amanda". (TOS: "Journey to Babel") In Vulcan society, she was referred to as "the Lady Amanda". (TAS: "Yesteryear")

In 2286, Amanda helped her son to re-educate himself after his death and rebirth on the Genesis Planet and fal-tor-pan rejoining. In particular, she tried to help Spock rediscover his Human side. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Years after her death, Sarek hadn't forgotten her. While suffering from Bendii Syndrome, he regretted not having been tender to her and having never told her how much he loved her. (TNG: "Sarek")

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Background information Edit

Amanda Grayson, 2237

Amanda in 2237, as voiced by Majel Barrett

Amanda Grayson was played by Jane Wyatt in TOS: "Journey to Babel" and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. The voice of Amanda was provided by Majel Barrett in TAS: "Yesteryear". The role of young Amanda in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier was played by Cynthia Blaise. Winona Ryder, who played Amanda's alternate reality counterpart in 2009's Star Trek, appeared as "this" Amanda in a deleted scene from that film, a scene set before a divergence in the timeline created the alternate reality. In 2017, Mia Kirshner appeared as Amanda in Star Trek: Discovery.

Amanda was referenced as early as the second pilot of Star Trek, "Where No Man Has Gone Before", in which Spock mentions "a Human female" who once married one of his ancestors. The fact this Human was Spock's mother was first established in the next installment to be produced, "The Corbomite Maneuver".

According to D.C. Fontana, the reason this character was named "Amanda" was that it means "worthy of being loved." (Star Trek: The Original Series 365, p. 217)

The script of "Journey to Babel" includes a description of Amanda that reads, "She's in her late fifties and still a fascinating woman... straight, slim, humor and warmth still alive in her... and guts. She married a Vulcan and came to live on his world where her human-woman emotions had no place. She has accepted every bit of the unemotionalism Vulcan could dish out with no loss of her own warmth and human caring... but it has had to be buried inside, in deference to her husband's customs and world."

When it came time to cast "Journey to Babel", the role of Amanda Grayson was initially offered to Anne Baxter, who turned it down. (Star Trek Magazine issue 171, p. 37)

Unlike the character of Sarek, Amanda Grayson was not included in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. According to Director Leonard Nimoy, "When we first contructed the story, the scene which subsequently played between Kirk and Spock's father [in Kirk's apartment] was originally intended to also include Amanda. It was supposed to be Spock's parents coming to Kirk to say, 'How dare you do this to our son?'" Nimoy continued to say that "The original intention was a conversation scene, without the mind meld. But after several rewrites, it was decided the scene had to feature the mind meld. Once that became a factor, Amanda was extraneous. Without something vital to do, there was no reason to have her just stand around. [...] I don't want the supporting cast to merely be a background chorus. If they're in a scene, they should have something to do, some reason for being there." (Starlog #106, May 1986, p. 54)

Her absence from the resurrection of Spock that takes place in the conclusion of that film was explained to be because the production staff couldn't find a way to feature her in the story without her presence seeming overly sentimental. Executive Producer Harve Bennett reckoned, "All she would have contributed was sympathy. The economy of the story was that Kirk and crew get Spock back. Family is secondary. That would have depreciated the moment when Spock says, 'Your name is Jim.' Then we'd have to cut to mother and she would say, 'Oh my God, he speaks!'" (The Making of the Trek Films, p. 46; Trek: The Unauthorized Story of the Movies, 3rd ed., pp. 87-88)

Leonard Nimoy, Jane Wyatt and Robin Curtis

Amanda actress Jane Wyatt on the set of Star Trek IV with Director Leonard Nimoy and Saavik actress Robin Curtis

William Shatner originally intended for Amanda to feature more in Star Trek V than she actually does, wishing to explore her relationships with Sarek and Spock. At one story meeting during which Shatner voiced these interests, David Loughery was concerned about accounting for Amanda's influence on Sybok, though Harve Bennett replied, "There are solutions to that." (Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, pp. 64 & 65)

Once, when Sarek actor Mark Lenard was asked where Amanda was in the Star Trek movies, he replied, "In the kitchen! Where else would a good Vulcan wife be?" (Cinefantastique, Vol. 27, No. 11/12, p. 103)

Amanda died sometime between Star Trek IV and TNG: "Sarek", as Sarek had remarried to Perrin by the time of that episode's setting.

Sarek and Amanda, 2230

Amanda, Sarek, and their newborn son, before the timeline diverged (Star Trek deleted scene)

In the deleted scene from the film Star Trek featuring Winona Ryder as this character, Amanda was portrayed in the aftermath of the birth of Spock, attended to by a pair of Vulcan midwives, with the scene dated on-screen as occurring in 2230. Amanda was described in the version of the scene from the film's script as "late 20's. An original beauty." In both the script and the final version of the scene, Amanda softly said "hello" to the newborn Spock and, much to the puzzlement of one of her Vulcan midwives, she cried. In the script but not the final version, Amanda was frustrated with Sarek, once he arrived, for coming too late to be present for the birth but, after he apologized, she embraced and kissed him. Responding to Sarek suggesting they name the baby "Spock", she took some time to quietly consider, then finally accepted the suggestion. [1]

Apocrypha Edit

The novelization of TAS: "Yesteryear" (as published in Star Trek Log 1) describes Amanda in an image of her from circa 2237 (i.e., shortly before her death in that episode) as being pictured "in her early thirties." This roughly matches the fact that, in the novel Sarek, her year of birth is established as being 2202. However, according to, she was born in 2210.

In the Crucible book The Fire and the Rose, her death is established similarly to her death in the alternate timeline in the episode "Yesteryear". She dies in 2311 in a shuttle accident when returning from an art exhibition in Paris.

The novel Sarek established her death (with Spock at her side and Sarek away on a Federation mission) as taking place shortly after the events of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

The Enterprise Log 3 collection from Golden Press lists her maiden name as "Amanda Druce", daughter of "Melvin Druce", an interstellar trader-explorer, and her birthplace as "New Chicago".

The TOS novel Ishmael cites Amanda Grayson as being a descendant of Aaron Stempel, a lead character on the real-world television series Here Come the Brides. On that show, the character of Aaron Stempel was played by Mark Lenard, the actor who played Sarek in Star Trek. The novel reveals her full name to be Amanda Stemple Grayson.

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