Remembering “TOS” guest star Valora Noland, 1941-2022

Valor Baum and Leonard Nimoy


Valor Baum and Leonard Nimoy in a scene from Patterns of Force

Valor Baum, who played Daras in the episode Star Trek: The Original Series.pattern of powerAccording to an obituary, he died at the age of 80 Independent Marin Journal. According to the newspaper, the actress, who went by the stage name Valora Noland during her brief acting career and Valora Tree during her stint as a writer, died on March 27, 2022 in Sebastopol, California, where she lived for many years.

Daras, in Baum’s only episode of “Star Trek”, was an Ekosian who posed as a Nazi party secretary while actually working with the Zeon underground to thwart Deputy Leader Melakon (Skip Homeier) and his regime. Melakon planned to use the Final Decision to wipe out all Zeons that had populated the planet Ekos. She teamed up with Kirk, Spock and fellow Nazi resistance figures Isak (Richard Evans) and his brother Abrom (Will Wintersole) to take on Melakon. Corresponding Memory AlphaBaum shot her scenes for “Patterns of Force” on Thursday, November 30, 1967 and between Monday, December 4, 1967 and Wednesday, December 6, 1967 at Desilu Stage 9 and Stage 10.

Tree in “Patterns of Power”

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The Marin Independent Journal obituary states that Baum was born in Seattle, Washington on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and was named Valor by her mother, who was inspired by a speech by Winston Churchill, that she had heard on the radio just before Valor was born. The obituary further states that Baum’s father, Franz Baum, Sr., was a distinguished painter in the German Expressionist School and that in 1959 Baum decided to pursue acting, enrolled at the Pasadena Playhouse and chose the stage name “Valora Noland” before moving to Hollywood .

That Internet Movie Database lists 18 acting credits for Baum. Including a 1961 episode of The Rifleman, followed by Dr. Kildare, Beach Party, Muscle Beach Party, Sex and the College Girl, The Donna Reed Show, The Man from UNCLE, the John Wayne Kirk Douglas film The War Wagon and Mannix. Vincent McEveety, who directed Baum’s Mannix episode, also directed her next acting effort, Patterns of Force, her Star Trek episode. According to the Internet Movie Database, her last credit was the 1970 film “Up your teddy bear‘, which starred ‘Star Trek’ guest stars Julie Newmar and Angelique Pettyjohn. Baum must be credited with appearing in a flashback in the film and must have filmed her scene well before the film was released as a biography of her Amazon.com page notes that she gave up acting in 1968.

in a (n Interview with “The Desert Sun” Airing April 19, 1967, Baum – whose name was Valora Noland at the time – explained that she won her role in The War Wagon when, months before, she decided to be herself and not try to be like Elizabeth Taylor, Julie Andrews, Doris Day or Marilyn Monroe. “It wasn’t an easy decision,” she said. “There were five years when agents told me to be like this or that actress. I went to interviews and did screen tests knowing that a producer or director had a specific physical image in mind. So I’d be everyone but myself. A sex kitten one day, a glamor girl the next. And whenever a new actress broke through, I tried to emulate her. After a while I almost forgot who I really was.

“Throughout all of this, I knew it was fundamentally wrong for any human being to keep recreating themselves,” she continued. “But it’s part of the game in Hollywood. I tried to become what the producers were looking for until one day I just got sick of it. I would be myself and if I couldn’t make it as myself then I would give up acting.”

According to the article, that meant dressing simply, no ruffles or furbelows, wearing sandals, staying away from barbers, and presenting a clean, bright face to Hollywood. She was soon approached by producer Marvin Schwartz at Universal City Studios’ commissary while she was having lunch with actor Linden Chiles. According to the article, Schwartz asked if she was an actress since he could see her in a specific role in The War Wagon.

“Here I banged my head on the hard walls of Hollywood and out of the blue a producer came to me in a studio commissioner of all places,” said Baum. “He didn’t have a particular actress in mind. Just a concept of what the girl in the picture should look like. And I got the part.”

She became a photographer and a writer

The War Wagon opened on May 27, 1967, according to the Internet Movie Database. She starred in only a few other projects, including Star Trek, before going out of business. According to the Amazon.com bio on her author page, Baum briefly studied and practiced astrology after leaving acting behind. She then developed an interest in photography and contributed to group shows, held four solo shows, sold prints in galleries and had some of her work featured in newspapers and magazines. According to her Amazon bio, she hosted jazz and classical programs for two radio stations in the 1980s. Baum has written two books as Valora Tree: “horse stories‘ about her beloved, hand-raised Arabian stallion and ‘lily ponds‘, a volume of poetry described as ‘humorous, serious and anti-war, divided into three sections’.

Baum is survived by her brother Franz Baum, sister Ziska Baum, niece Arlene Baum, and nephews Carl, Stan, Eric, and David, according to the Marin Independent Journal. The obituary also states that anyone wishing to make “a meaningful donation in memory of Valora” could consider Operation Smile, “an organization that Valora was very fond of”. Operation Smile website states that they provide free cleft surgery, dental work, nutritional support and speech therapy to children in more than 30 countries, supported by more than 6,000 volunteers from 60 countries.

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