She was the original love interest of a captain in "Star Trek," and while her pilot episode wouldn't be aired for more than 20 years, Susan Oliver made herself a familiar face to Trekkies after appearing in the original series episode "The Menagerie."
Now a documentary director is looking to raise $10,000 to wrap up a documentary he put together on the life of Oliver, who died in 1990.
"I think people are going to be very surprised at some of the amazing things Susan Oliver did over the course of her all-too-brief life," said filmmaker George Pappy in a release. "I was saddened by the extent of which her history has been overlooked by the industry she gave so much of her life to."
The documentary is called "The Green Girl," a specific reference to the Orion slave girl Oliver played in the original "Star Trek" pilot "The Cage." She was actually Vina, the last survivor of a ship that crashed on a war-torn world decades before. Once the USS Enterprise, under the command of Capt. Christopher Pike, came to the rescue, the inhabitants of the planet decided they had a chance to repopulate the planet.
Pappy has reportedly spent two years making the documentary, conducting 40 interviews with many of Oliver's friends and contemporaries. They include Lee Meriwether, David Hedison, Roy Thinnes, Kathleen Nolan, Nancy Malone, Gary Conway, Monte Markham, Celeste Yarnall, Peter Mark Richman and Rosey Grier.
Pappy has a short resume, but his work does include 2011's "Few Options," which starred, among others, Brad Dourif, Rainn Wilson and Michael Sheen. He got his start with the 2004 film "A Line for Every Occasion," which he shot for $12,500.
Pappy's current Indiegogo campaign runs through the end of November, and can be found by clicking here.
Oliver was not only an actress but also a director, getting behind the camera on television shows like "M*A*S*H" and "Trapper John M.D." She also was an aviator, according to Pappy, the first woman to fly a Learjet.
She was just 58 when she died of cancer in 1990, just a few years after "The Cage" finally aired for the first time in its entirety.
Pappy expects to release "The Green Girl" in February.
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