D.C. Fontana aka Dorothy Catherine Fontana, the famed “Star Trek” writer, has died at the age of 80. A press release said that Fontana died after a brief illness. Fontana is survived by her husband, Oscar-winning visual effects cinematographer, Dennis Skotak.

A statement from the American Film Institute said that Fontana has most-recently been employed as a lecturer at the AFI. Fontana, a native of Sussex, New Jersey, is best known for her work on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek New Voyages: Phase II.” In addition to her “Star Trek” work, Fontana also wrote on the TV shows, “Logan’s Run,” “The Streets of San Francisco” and “The Six Million Dollar Man,” according to her IMDb page. Since 1997, Fontana has operated the production company Cardwell Productions. Fontana’s IMDb page notes that during the 1960s, she had been told by Gene Roddenberry to use her initials rather than her given name as executives were biased against female writers.

The press release announcing Fontana’s sad passing says that “For decades, Ms. Fontana was an ardent and active member of the Writers Guild of America,” in addition to spending two terms as a board member. In 1997 and 2002, Fontana won the guild’s Morgan Cox Award.

Fontana’s family asks that donations be made in her name to with the Humane Societ, Best Friends animal Society or the American Film Institute.

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Source:: Daily times


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D.C. Fontana Dies: Legendary ‘Star Trek’ Passes Away at Age 80

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