2012 Roswell Galaxy Fest Celebrity
Denise Crosby special guest at GalaxyFest
ROSWELL — Denise Crosby, who created the role of Lt. Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be a featured celebrity guest at the 2012 Roswell Galaxy Fest.
The Fest, centered around the International UFO Museum and Research Center, will run June 29-July 2.
Playing Tasha Yar was a big career break for Crosby. Though not a huge role, the character allowed Crosby to build a sizable fan base that exists to this day. In 1988, she left the program due to the diminishing size of her role, but returned as a guest star in the early 1990s.
In 1989, she played the mother of a dead toddler who was brought back to life through an ancient curse in Stephen King’s horror Pet Sematary novel film adaptation.
Remaining in the horror genre, Crosby played a similar role of a mother who discovers her young daughter’s doll is evil in the Child’s Play (1988) clone Dolly Dearest (1991).
In the 1990s, she worked consistently, appearing in a TV series in 1993, and made numerous guest appearances, including a couple of episodes of the raunchy cable series Red Shoe Diaries (1992) (TV), which were subsequently released on video. There were also roles in Relative Fear (1995), Mutant Species (1995), Dream Man (1995) and Executive Power (1997).
More high-profile work arrived in the form of a small role in Jackie Brown (1997), playing a public defender, and a sizable part as a pregnant mother in the hit disaster movie Deep Impact (1998). She gained recognition as a Star Trek fan by producing and presenting Trekkies (1997) and its 2004 sequel.
Since 2000, Denise has appeared on TV in guest roles on The X-Files (1993), JAG (1995), The Agency (2001), Threat Matrix (2003), Eyes (2005) and Dexter (2006). She acted in the award-winning short film The Bus Stops Here (2003), had a leading role in the western/horror indie film Legend of the Phantom Rider (2002) and has recently appeared in a horror film by legendary genre director Tobe Hooper, Mortuary (2005).
Best known for her Star Trek days, Denise embraces her fans often at conventions and appeared opposite her husband Ken Sylk in Ripple Effect (2007).