"How about that?"
"Yeah, how'd you like to have her as your own personal yeoman?"
– Berkeley and USS Enterprise security crewman, 2266 ("The Man Trap")
She was a non-commissioned officer serving aboard the USS Enterprise in 2266, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk. She was assigned as the captain’s personal yeoman by Starfleet Headquarters. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver"} She was first quartered in room “3C 46”, on Deck 12, (TOS: "The Enemy Within"}, then she was moved to room “3F 125” (TOS: "Charlie X")
Initially, Captain Kirk was disgruntled that Starfleet had assigned a female yeoman to his command. However, after seeing Rand's efficient work ethic in action, Kirk grew to respect her as a crewmember and friend. Despite their professional relationship, an undercurrent of sexual attraction remained between the two. Under stressful situations, Kirk, however, could not requite the feelings Rand felt for him, due to his position as ship's captain. In certain crises, Kirk and Rand were instinctively drawn together or reached out for each other. (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver", "The Naked Time", "Balance of Terror", "Miri")
Yeoman Rand was among the most popular members of the Enterprise's crew, second only to Lieutenant Uhura, who was her good friend. (TOS: "Charlie X") She was known for her compassion and thoughtfulness toward others. Rand was regarded highly by Kirk for her hard work and diligence. In 2266, the Enterprise played cat and mouse with a Romulan ship in the Neutral Zone. When Kirk was in his quarters resting during a lull in the battle, Rand was able to enter without knocking to check up on him, and to find him lying in bed. Alone with the Captain, she was hoping to console him, as he was preoccupied by the potential for a second Romulan war. So, she offered to bring him food or coffee to help him; and Rand and Kirk were on the bridge when the Romulans fired their plasma torpedo at the Enterprise. As the torpedo got closer to the ship, Rand instinctively reached out to the Captain for protection. She walked up very close behind him; resting her chin on his shoulder. For a very brief moment Kirk protested, but as the torpedo was just seconds from hitting the ship, Kirk turned and pulled Rand into his arms for protection. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")
An artist by hobby, Janice had several paintings she created hanging in her quarters aboard the Enterprise. (TOS: "The Enemy Within") A duplicate of Captain Kirk was created during a transporter malfunction that contained his negative qualities, lust and violence. The evil duplicate, who was instinctively drawn to Rand, was alone with Rand in her quarters, drunk and amorous. The duplicate Kirk mentioned to her the feelings they'd been hiding, claiming she was "too beautiful to ignore," "too much woman," and that they both been "pretending too long." The duplicate Kirk suddenly grabbed Rand, yelled, "Let's stop pretending!", and starting kissing her. As she was fighting back, the duplicate Kirk pushed her to the floor and attempted to rape her, but she defended herself and left a large scratch on the duplicate Kirk's face, which helped the crew differentiate between the two Kirk "halves." The situation was resolved, and the two halves of Kirk were merged in the transporter. (TOS: "The Enemy Within")
A duplicate of Captain Kirk was created during a transporter malfunction that contained his negative qualities, lust and violence. The evil duplicate, who was instinctively drawn to Rand, was alone with Rand in her quarters, drunk and amorous. The duplicate Kirk mentioned to her the feelings they'd been hiding, claiming she was "too beautiful to ignore," "too much woman," and that they both been "pretending too long." The duplicate Kirk suddenly grabbed Rand, yelled, "Let's stop pretending!", and starting kissing her. As she was fighting back, the duplicate Kirk pushed her to the floor and attempted to rape her, but she defended herself and left a large scratch on the duplicate Kirk's face, which helped the crew differentiate between the two Kirk "halves." The situation was resolved, and the two halves of Kirk were merged in the transporter. (TOS: "The Enemy Within")
During one mission, Rand, Kirk and other members of a landing party were trapped on a planet that is an exact copy of the earth and where only children survived; adults quickly developed a wasting disease called life prolongation complex. Eventually, Rand began showing signs of the disease. Alone in the corridor with the Captain, crying and upset, she found comfort in his arms. Miri, a teenage girl whom the team had befriended, witnessed this and became jealous of Rand. She didn't like Kirk getting close towards Rand and Rand's passionate looks at the Captain. She felt that Rand was her "competition" and briefly betrayed them by having her abducted by the other children. Kirk, under stress from the disease, became preoccupied with Rand's whereabouts and in locating his "Janice." He suddenly grabbed Miri and shouted "Where is she Miri? Where is she Miri? Where is Janice? Where is she...? Has something happened to her...? I've got to find Janice!" (TOS: "Miri") And after a waterborne virus spread through the Enterprise, affecting the emotions of the crew, Kirk suddenly shouted to Spock, "I have a beautiful yeoman!" Later, in the center seat on the bridge, befuddled by the virus, he reached a hand out to his "beautiful yeoman" standing next to him looking away at the screen and whispered under his breath, "No beach to walk on." Meaning, he and Rand in other circumstances, might have had a life together. (TOS: "The Naked Time")
During her service aboard the Enterprise, Rand developed a close relationship with several officers and crewmembers, including Lieutenants Uhura and Sulu. Rand will frequently strike up conversations with, and deliver meals to, Enterprise officers other than Captain Kirk, and accompany them throughout the ship. She enjoys a more informal relationship with them as compared to the professional relationship she maintains with the captain, which implies she is doing it out of friendship rather than an assigned duty as a yeoman. (TOS: "The Man Trap")
In the mid-2270s, Chief Petty Officer Rand was a transporter chief. Before Rear Admiral Kirk assumed command of the ‘’Enterprise’’, she was under the command of Captain Willard Decker while the ship underwent a major refit in spacedock. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
In 2286, Rand was a communications officer assigned to Starfleet Command on Earth. When the Whale Probe began vaporizing the Earth’s oceans, she was on duty and reported that Juneau, Alaska had ninety-five percent cloud cover. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
In 2293, Lieutenant junior grade Rand was a communications officer on the USS Excelsior, under the command of Captain Hikaru Sulu. Sometime before this year, she had completed her officer training, and was promoted in three years to ensign. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; VOY: "Flashback")
That year, Captain Sulu violated his orders in order to attempt the rescue Captain Kirk and Dr. Leonard McCoy from the Klingon prison colony Rura Penthe. Rand understood his motivations and agreed with his decision. She even chided Ensign Tuvok for questioning the captain's decision. (VOY: "Flashback")
The Excelsior later played a key role in the Khitomer Peace Conference that same year, by assisting the USS Enterprise-A in its battle with General Chang's prototype Klingon Bird-of-Prey, thereby preventing the assassination of the Federation President and Klingon Chancellor Azetbur. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
Born Mary Ann Chase, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was adopted by the Whitney family who named her Grace Elaine Whitney. She became a prolific actress in the 1950s and 1960s, debuting on the Broadway stage in "Top Banana" before going on to appear in the 1954 motion picture of the same name. She worked with Jeffrey Hunter in the film The Man from Galveston (1963). Whitney guested on several well-known television series including Bewitched, Batman, Cimmaron Strip, The Virginian, Mannix, and Gene Roddenberry's own Police Story, co-starring DeForest Kelley. She also appeared alongside her TOS co-star George Takei in a 1998 episode of Diagnosis: Murder.
Intended to appear in far more episodes than she ultimately did, Whitney's Yeoman Rand was written out of several episodes, and ultimately dropped from the series after eight episodes. The exact reason for Whitney's dismissal is uncertain; her struggle with alcohol and use of diet pills are sometimes cited as causes, while creator Gene Roddenberry's biography suggests that her departure was simply a budget cutback. In her autobiography, The Longest Trek: My Tour of the Galaxy, Whitney describes an incident in which she was sexually assaulted by an executive of the Star Trek production team, who is not identified by name, and she drew a link between this incident and her sacking a few days later, but afterwards states her role was going to be eliminated in any case. Her last appearance was in the background of the episode, "The Conscience of the King", with her character replaced by Dr. Helen Noel in "Dagger of the Mind". According to Inside Star Trek, Whitney slid deeper into alcohol addiction after being fired from the show. Speaking of her termination from the series, Whitney stated, "they wanted William Shatner to have romances in each episode with a different person, because for him to be stuck with one woman was not good for him and it wasn't good for the audience. That's what they told me, so I was written out. There were two blonde girls and one black girl. Nichelle was a more important character and couldn't be written out. Everything's political in America. One of the blondes had to go. The other one was engaged to the boss, so guess who went? I just about killed myself. I drank, that's what we do, we drink to get rid of pain. I was really mad. My God, was I bitter." Roddenberry later apologized for the dismissal and said it was the "dumbest mistake" he ever made.
Whitney enjoyed appearing in the Star Trek films that involved her. She said of her casting in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, "It gave me a feeling as if I had turned back my life ten years." (The Making of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, p. 55)
Whitney began her recovery in the 1980s and has gone on to appear in many more Star Trek productions, most recently the 2007 fan film Star Trek: Of Gods and Men and the Star Trek: New Voyages episode "World Enough and Time" (2007), in which she appeared alongside George Takei, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, James Cawley, Jeffery Quinn, and John Carrigan. The episode was directed by Marc Scott Zicree, written by Zicree and Michael Reaves, and stunt coordinated by Leslie Hoffman.
She died peacefully at her home in Coarsegold, California, at the age of 85.