The Susan Oliver Documentary ‘THE GREEN GIRL,’ About Star Trek’s Iconic Original Green Orion Slave Girl, Nears Completion

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Filmmaker George Pappy is nearly done chronicling the amazing story of Susan Oliver, one of the most prolific actresses of the 1960’s, an original member of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and a record-setting female aviator. Pappy has launched a small IndieGoGo campaign to raise an additional $10k which will go towards making the recently-locked final cut ready for release.

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. I was saddened by the extent to which her history has been overlooked by the industry she gave so much of her life to.

Baby boomers will undoubtedly remember Susan Oliver from her nearly-unprecedented run as one of the major guest stars on nearly every television show from the late 1950’s until the mid-1970’s, as well as from her popular role on TV’s first prime time soap opera, Peyton Place.

But perhaps Susan Oliver will be remembered most fondly as Star Trek’s first Green Girl, one of five personas she portrayed as “Vina” in the series’ original 1964 pilot (heavily re-used in the 1966 two-part episode The Menagerie). THE GREEN GIRL uses this iconic performance as the jumping off point to look at the sadly short but quite remarkable life of an actress who many felt should have been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

Director Pappy has spent over two years on THE GREEN GIRL, conducting 40 interviews with many of Ms. Oliver’s well-known friends and contemporaries, including Lee Meriwether, David Hedison, Roy Thinnes, Kathleen Nolan, Nancy Malone, Gary Conway, Monte Markham, Celeste Yarnall, Peter Mark Richman and Rosey Grier. Pappy states, “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. I was saddened by the extent to which her history has been overlooked by the industry she gave so much of her life to, and I felt like somebody ought to do something about it.” THE GREEN GIRL IndieGoGo campaign continues until November 30. The finished film is slated for release in February 2014.

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