Arlene Martel

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Arlene Martel
Arlene Martel 2011.jpg
Arlene Martel, with photos of her various roles, at 2011 Star Trek convention
Born (1936-04-14)April 14, 1936
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died August 12, 2014(2014-08-12) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Notable work(s) T'Pring on Star Trek
Tiger on Hogan's Heroes

Arlene Martel (April 14, 1936 – August 12, 2014) was an American actress and acting coach. Prior to 1964, she was frequently billed as Arline Sax, Arlene Sax or Tasha Martel.


In 1962, Martel made her first of two appearances on Perry Mason, as Fiona Cregan in "The Case of the Absent Artist". Later, she guest starred as Sandra Dunkel in "The Case of the Dead Ringer" (1966) when Raymond Burr played a dual role, that of Mason and as the actual murderer, Grimes. Martel appeared in the Star Trek episode "Amok Time" (1967) as T'Pring and the original The Outer Limits episode "Demon with a Glass Hand" (1964).

Martel played the princess Sarafina on Have Gun – Will Travel, the evil witch Malvina on Bewitched, the French Underground contact Tiger in five 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, memorably, as the nurse who repeatedly utters the sinister phrase "Room for one more, Honey!" at the entrance to a hospital morgue and as the stewardess at the door of a doomed airplane 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), appeared as Asastia in Here Come the Brides (1970, episode "To The Victor"), The Wild Wild West, Battlestar Galactica, the 1968 movie Angels from Hell, two appearances on The Monkees, and the adult comedy film Chatterbox (1977). She played Interpol agent Violette in The Six Million Dollar Man episode "The Last Fourth of July"[1] (season 1, episode 13, 1974). She appeared as a featured actress in the Gunsmoke episode titled "The Squaw" (1975). Martel also appeared multiple times on Hogan's Heroes (1965 - 1971) playing an Underground agent named "Tiger". In 1974, Martel was billed as "Tasha Martelle", playing secretary "Marty Bach" (eventual mistaken murder victim) in an episode of The Rockford Files_(season_4), Episode 2, titled "Trouble in Chapter 17".

Martel received top billing when she starred as the 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 played Gloria, mistress of murder victim Tony Goodland (Bradford Dillman) in the Columbo episode "The Greenhouse Jungle" (1972).

Personal life[edit]

Martel married and divorced three times. Her first marriage was to Robert Palmer. Her second marriage was to actor Jerry Douglas. Her third was to Matthew Schoen. She had three children: Adam Palmer, Avra Douglas, and journalist and designer Jod Kaftan. She is survived by her children and grandchildren, Molly Brutsman and Dashiell Kaftan.

Martel also dated James Dean before he was famous and actor Cary Grant.[2]


Martel died on August 12, 2014 from complications of a heart attack in Santa Monica, CA.


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