Elizabeth Rogers

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Elizabeth Rogers
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Elizabeth Rogers as Lt. Palmer in Star Trek
Born Betty Jayne Rogers
(1934-05-18)May 18, 1934
Austin, Texas, U.S.
Died November 6, 2004(2004-11-06) (aged 70)
Tarzana, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress and Producer
Years active 1965–1986
Spouse(s) Erik L. Nelson (1968-2004) (1 child)

Elizabeth Rogers (born Betty Jayne Rogers, May 18, 1934 – November 6, 2004) was an American actress.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Austin, Texas,[citation needed] she played minor characters in thirty-seven episodes of a dozen different prime-time network series, including Little House on the Prairie, Bewitched, Gunsmoke, The Waltons, Marcus Welby, M.D., Dragnet 1966, Mannix, Dragnet 1967, Bonanza, The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, Dr. Kildare, and Slattery's People. She had two roles in the original Star Trek television series. She provided the (uncredited) voice for entity known as "The Companion" in the episode "Metamorphosis" (1967). She also portrayed Lt. Palmer, a substitute communications officer, in the episodes "The Doomsday Machine" (1967) and "The Way to Eden" (1969). For Doomsday Machine, Rogers was brought in at the last minute after Nichelle Nichols informed the producers that she was flying to New York for a concert performance. As Nichols had no standard contract she was legally free to do so, but Rogers' appearance was intended to convince her to keep herself available for Star Trek. Rogers said in a later interview, "I got the part when Urura [Nichols] had a singing engagement. I was used as an instant 'threat' replacement."[1]

During the 1970s, she also appeared in a string of Irwin Allen produced films including The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974). She was a personal friend of Allen and his wife Sheila Matthews Allen, and was married to actor Erik Nelson (also a regular in Irwin Allen films) in the backyard of Allen's home. Her other film appearances included Bittersweet Love (1976), The Van (1977), Grand Theft Auto (1977), and An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) as David Keith's mother.

She died from multiple strokes and lung cancer on November 6, 2004 in Tarzana, California at the age of 70.


Film Class Episode Year Role
Outrage! Television Movie 1986 Stella Smith
The Yellow Rose Television Series The Far Side of Fear 1984 Tess Anderson
The Night the Bridge Fell Down Television Movie 1983
An Officer and a Gentleman Screen Movie 1982 Betty Worley
Little House on the Prairie Television Series For the Love of Nancy 1981 Mrs. Miles
Goldie and the Boxer Television Movie 1979 First matron
Hanging by a Thread Television Movie 1979 Maggie Porter
The Swarm Screen Movie 1978 Woman Scientist (extended version only)
Lacy and the Mississippi Queen Television Movie 1978 Madam Josephine
Grand Theft Auto Screen Movie 1977 Priscilla Powers
A Sensitive, Passionate Man Television Movie 1977 Sophie
The Van Screen Movie 1977 Mrs. Eastman
Flood! Television Movie 1976 Nancy Lowman
Bittersweet Love Screen Movie 1976 Joan
The Waltons Television Series The Nurse 1975 Nurse Smith
Adventures of the Queen Television Movie 1975 Irene McKay
The Towering Inferno Screen Movie 1974 Lady in Buoy
The Poseidon Adventure Screen Movie 1972 Woman Next to Mr. Tinkham (uncredited)
Something Evil Television Movie 1972 Party Guest
Bewitched Television Series The Ghost Who Made a Spectre of Himself 1971 Duchess
Gunsmoke Television Series Mirage
The Well
Parson Comes to Town
Hostage (uncredited)
Mrs. Davis
Marcus Welby, M.D. Television Series Go Get 'Em, Tiger 1970 Woman Executive
Land of the Giants Television Series Sabotage 1969 Secretary
Star Trek Television Series The Way to Eden
The Doomsday Machine
Lt. Palmer
The Companion (voice, uncredited)
Lt. Palmer
Dragnet 1966 Television Movie 1969 Eve Sorenson
Mannix Television Series Shadow of a Man 1969 Records Clerk
Dragnet 1967 Television Series The Little Victim 1968 Mrs. Bradley
Bonanza Television Series Journey to Terror
Once a Doctor
Ellie Blackwell
Allie Lou
The Time Tunnel Television Series The Alamo 1966 Mrs. Reynerson
Dr. Kildare Television Series Aftermath
A Little Child Shall Lead
Life in the Dance Hall
Miss Trilling
Miss Trilling
Miss Trilling
Slattery's People Television Series The Hero 1965 Betty Dyne


  1. ^ Marc Cushman, with Susan Osborn, These Are the Voyages, TOS, Season Two, Jacobs/Brown Press, Los Angeles, 2014, p 149

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