April 14, 1936 |
The Bronx, New York
|Notable work(s)||"T'Pring" on Star Trek
"Consuela Biros" in Demon with a Glass Hand
"Tiger" on Hogan's Heroes
In 1962 Martel made her first of two appearances on Perry Mason as Fiona Cregan in "The Case of the Absent Artist." In 1966 she guest starred as Sandra Dunkel in "The Case of the Dead Ringer" when Raymond Burr doubled as Mason and the actual murderer Grimes, an old sea salt.
Martel played the princess Sarafina on Have Gun Will Travel, the evil witch "Malvina" on Bewitched, the French Underground contact "Tiger" in 5 episodes of Hogan's Heroes, a female cosmonaut on I Dream of Jeannie, a Hungarian immigrant "Magda" on The Fugitive episode "The Blessings of Liberty" (1966), and the woman who repeatedly utters the sinister phrase "Room for one more, honey!" at the entrance to a hospital morgue and an airplane door in the Twilight Zone episode "Twenty-Two". She also appeared in the season-one episode of The Twilight Zone "What You Need". She was billed (as Arline Sax) as a featured actress in the episode of Route 66 called "The Newborn," in which she gives birth. She also made guest appearances on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Untouchables, Mission Impossible (season 4, episode 20, 1970), The Wild Wild West, Columbo, Battlestar Galactica, the 1968 movie Angels from Hell, and two appearances on The Monkees. She played Interpol agent Violette in The Six Million Dollar Man episode "The Last of the Fourth of Julys" (season 1, episode 10, 1974). She appeared as a featured actress in the Gunsmoke episode titled "The Squaw" in 1975.
She received top billing when she starred as the lady commandant in charge of the Russian road crew in Zoltan, Hound of Dracula (1978), although it was only a bit part lasting less than five minutes of the 97 minute movie. She also received credit in a font so large that it was almost twice as large as that used for Reggie Nalder or Michael Pataki, the leads who occupied most of the screen throughout the movie.
She appeared in the Star Trek webisode Of Gods and Men in the final scene as a Vulcan priestess initiating a marriage ceremony between Uhura and Vulcan native Stonn (a character from the episode "Amok Time", played by original actor Lawrence Montaigne).
Martel has been married and divorced three times. Her first marriage was to Robert Palmer. Her second marriage was to actor Jerry Douglas. She has three children: Adam Palmer, Avra Douglas, and Los Angeles Times editor Jod Kaftan. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
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