Susan Oliver ‘Green Girl’ Documentary DVD to Debut at Vegas Star Trek Convention

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The Green Girl documentary chronicles 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. The long-awaited film makes its DVD debut at the 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention and may also be purchased via the movie’s website.

Baby Boomers will remember Susan Oliver as one of the most important female guest stars on nearly every major television show from the late 1950’s to the mid-1970’s. She also gained worldwide fame for her extremely popular role as Anne Howard on Peyton Place, TV’s first prime time soap opera.

But Susan Oliver will always be most often remembered as Star Trek’s original Orion Green Girl, part of her role as “Vina” in the series’ original 1964 pilot (which eventually became the 1966 two-part episode The Menagerie). The 2014 Las Vegas Star Trek Convention will be celebrating the sci-fi franchise’s 50th anniversary, putting special focus on Susan Oliver’s original 1964 pilot.

Green Girl Director George Pappy felt that the convention was the perfect place to launch the DVD release. Pappy states, “It’s always bothered me how often Susan Oliver was (and continues to be) overlooked by the industry to which she gave so much of her life. I felt it was time for someone to finally acknowledge her amazing life and many accomplishments. As I’ve made this film, it’s been very heartening to find out just how many others feel exactly the same way about her. And of that group, there are no more dedicated or adoring fans in the world than those who gather in Las Vegas each year to celebrate all things Star Trek.”

The Green Girl documentary uses Susan Oliver’s iconic Star Trek performance as the jump-off point for an in-depth look at the sadly short but remarkably full life of an actress who many critics believe should have been one of her era’s biggest movie stars. In addition to chronicling her remarkably prolific acting career, the film delves into the less well-known aspects of this atypical Hollywood starlet’s life.

Breaking a 7-year Warner Brothers contract so she could perform on Broadway (and almost certainly invoking the permanent wrath of Jack Warner in the process), Susan Oliver eventually set her sights beyond acting, becoming one of the original members of the AFI Directing Workshop for Women and going on to direct episodes of M*A*S*H and other major TV shows as she fought Hollywood’s overtly sexist “men only” production culture in the 1970's and 1980's.

The film also delves into Susan Oliver’s record-setting flying adventures, including her daring 1967 Trans-Atlantic solo flight in a single engine light plane, her victory in the 1970 Powder Puff Derby cross-country air race, and her eventual certification as one of the first women ever trained to fly the Lear Jet.

The Green Girl documentary includes 40 interviews with Ms. Oliver’s friends and contemporaries, including Lee Meriwether, David Hedison, Roy Thinnes, Kathleen Nolan, Nancy Malone, Gary Conway, Monte Markham, Celeste Yarnall, Peter Mark Richman and former NFL legend Rosey Grier, as well as noted Star Trek expert Larry Nemecek and other film and television historians.

The Green Girl DVD goes on sale Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention and also online via the movie’s website. The film will also screen on July 31, 2014 near the Vegas Star Trek Convention at the Brenden Theatres/IMAX, part of a nation-wide theatrical release sponsored by Gathr® Films.

Green Girl Productions is an independent film production company based in Los Angeles.

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