Episode: "By Any Other Name"
Series: Star Trek: The Original Series
Season 2, Episode 22
Original Air Date: February 23, 1968
|via Memory Alpha
The Kelvans did not originate in human form. They have taken on these "shells," as they describe their new bodies, because they are better suited to life aboard the Enterprise. The Kelvans have taken the Vulcan concept to the extreme: they eschew not only emotion but all sensory perception in order to attain a higher state of intelligence. For our heroes, solving the puzzle of their captors involves tricking them into appreciating the pleasures of the flesh: tasting good food, getting drunk with Scotty and, of course, smooching Captain Kirk.
This idea of aliens learning to appreciate human foibles was a fascination for creator Gene Roddenberry long before Star Trek. In 1956, Roddenberry produced an episode of Chevron Hall of Stars in which two aliens (one played by Ricardo Montalban), disguised in human form, come to the same conclusion the Kelvans do.
|via Bespectacled Birthdays
The Gutschers settled in San Francisco. She made her first show biz splash on local television as a teen dancer on The KPIX Dance Party. When she moved to Hollywood, she changed her Germanic name to a French one. Modeling jobs came before the acting ones. Her highest-profile silver screen roles were 35 years apart: 1967's Casino Royale (very funny movie if you've never seen it) and 2002's Gangs of New York (not funny at all, but certainly good). In between, she did most of her acting in Italy where she met her husband, producer Luigi Borghese.