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Sarah Marshall, 80; ‘Star Trek’ actress

Sarah Marshall with William Shatner on the Star Trek set.

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Sarah Marshall with William Shatner on the Star Trek set.

NEW YORK — Sarah Marshall, an actress who was born into show business and worked on Broadway, in film, and on television with a galaxy of big names, perhaps most memorably in episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek,” died of cancer Jan. 18 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 80.

Ms. Marshall was the only daughter of British film and theater stars Herbert Marshall and Edna Best. Born in London, she left private school at 16 to pursue acting full time.

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“We decided acting was a better education than school,” she said in 1958.

She was often cast as an ingénue. She performed opposite José Ferrer in the 1953 Broadway revival of “Charley’s Aunt” and won a Theater World Award for her work in the 1956 play “The Ponder Heart,” based on a Eudora Welty story.

She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in George Axelrod’s 1959 comedy “Goodbye, Charlie,” which also starred Lauren Bacall.

Ms. Marshall’s first film was “The Long, Hot Summer” (1958), with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. She appeared with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver in Ivan Reitman’s political comedy “Dave” (1993) and with Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds.”

She was also a mainstay on television, appearing on shows from “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” to “Cheers.”

In 1962 she played a woman whose daughter vanishes into the fourth dimension in “The Twilight Zone” episode “Little Girl Lost,” and in 1967 she played a former love interest of William Shatner’s Captain James T. Kirk in the “Star Trek” episode “The Deadly Years.”

She met actor Karl Held while acting in “The World of Suzie Wong.” They were married in 1964. He survives her, as do a son from her first marriage and four grandchildren.

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