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Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney (born 20 February 1936; age 82), best known as Marj Dusay, is the actress who played Kara in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Spock's Brain". She filmed her scenes on Monday 8 July 1968 and between Wednesday 10 July 1968 and Friday 12 July 1968 at Desilu Stage 9 and Paramount Stage 3.
Dusay made her film debut in 1967 playing a small role alongside Elvis Presley in the film "Clambake". During the 1960s and 1970s she made numerous appearances on popular televisions shows such as Wild Wild West, Bonanaza, Hawaii- Five-0, Hogan's Heros, The Bionic Woman, and The Streets of San Francisco. Other than Star Trek, her only notable role in Science Fiction was brief appearance in the Battlestar Galactica spin-off series "Galactica 1980".
Since the 1980s Dusay has been best known for her performances on American daytime soap operas. From 1983 until its cancellation in 1987 Dusay played Myrna Clegg on Capitol, a soap opera which took place in Washington DC. From 1987 until 1991 she played Pamela Capwell on Santa Barbara. From 1992-1993 she took the role of Vivian Alamain on Days of Our Lives, replacing an unavailable Louise Sorel. Starting in 1993 she took on her best known role as Alexandra Spaulding on "Guiding Light". Dusay received an Emmy nomination for this performance in 1995. She left the series in 1997 to take on the role of Vanessa Bennett Cortland on All My Children. This character was killed off by falling off a waterfall in 2002. Shortly thereafter she returned to her Guiding Light character in December 2002, replacing Joan Collins who had briefly played the role. She played Alexandra until Guiding Light's final episode in 2009.
Although she occasionally engages in public appearances related to Star Trek or her soap opera career, Dusay effectively retired from acting following the cancellation of Guiding Light.
She also appeared in a 1969 episode of Daniel Boone and a 1970 episode of Family Affair (with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guest Brian Keith). For many years she worked with Michael Zaslow who played the villain Roger Thorpe on Guiding Light.
According to an audio interview on her official website she did not watch her Star Trek episode until a fan sent her a VHS tape in the 1990s. The many autograph requests she had received over the years had led her to believe that the episode was a popular one. She describes in mock horror watching her performance and said "Brain and Brain, what is Brain...how the hell did I get that job". Never-the-less she describes having fun making Spock's Brain and specifically that she enjoyed her costume and the impressive boots creates for her.
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