Need to fatten up Star Treks Marina Sirtis turned down husbands marriage proposal

Marina Sirtis in Star Trek: The Next Generation season three

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Marina Sirtis, who is best known for her role as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, spoke candidly about her marriage with her late husband Michael Lamper. The actress’ other half sadly died at the age of 61 in 2019.

The 66-year-old, who recently returned to the UK after residing in the US for the past three decades, opened up about her marriage to her beloved husband.

Michael and Marina met in 1989 during the filming of Star Trek.

The pair were introduced to each other by their mutual friend, Anna Turkel.

The couple began dating in the same year but didn’t officially tie the knot until June 1992.

The small-screen star has revealed that she had turned down her partner’s marriage proposal.

Marina admitted that she had jokingly declined and said he needed “fattening up”.

“When I first met him and he asked me to marry him I said, ‘No I can’t marry you because your jeans are smaller than mine’,” she remarked.

“I’ve got to fatten you up first before I marry you.”

The couple’s wedding was a star-studded event with popular actors Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn as groomsmen.

Marina explained that she is still in contact with all of the Star Trek actors including Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar), Wil Wheaton (Wesley Crusher) and Gates McFadden (Dr Beverley Crusher).

The actress said that she would always remain good friends with the cast and credited them for being her support after her husband Michael’s death.

“We are absolutely friends for life,” Marina remarked.

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“When my husband died they were the ones who supported me.”

She added: “The day he died, Lavar Burton [La Forge], Brent Spiner [android Data] and Michael [Dorn], all came over. Gates was brilliant.

“It was interesting because I realised when Michael died there were people who said they loved me and people who really loved me.

“My cast they didn’t just say the words, they actually came through for me. They were brilliant.”

Meanwhile, Marina has left the US and has returned to the UK following her husband’s death.

Addressing her decision, she explained: “I have to be honest. My husband dying had a lot to do with it because it was just too much.

“We were together for 31 years. Married for 27 years. It was just too painful to stay.

“Too many memories. Everywhere I went there was a memory.”

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