IN MEMORIAM — Barbara March

Barbara March as Lursa

Barbara March (October 9, 1953 – August 11, 2019)

An infamous Klingon has ascended unto Sto-vo-kor. Barbara March, an accomplished Canadian actress whose theatrical credits ranged from Star Trek to Shakespeare, has passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 65.

Trekkers best knew Barbara as Lursa, one of the villainous Duras sisters in episodes of ST:TNG, ST:DS9, and the movie ST: Generations. Together with fellow Canadian Gwynyth Walsh as B’Etor, the sisters took treachery to new heights, becoming thorns in the sides of both the Federation and the Klingon Empire.  It was Makeup Supervisor Michael Westmore who made Lursa and B’Etor’s cranial ridges look similar, indicating that they were from the same house.  Costume designer Robert Blackman designed their Klingon uniforms, often incorporating a revealing bustline that was quickly referred to by fans as “Klingon kleavage.”  And no, neither March nor Walsh used any chest padding.  Offstage, March and Walsh were frequent convention guests, often appearing together in full Klingon regalia.

March had been married to actor Alan Scarfe, who had also guested on ST:TNG and ST:VOY.