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COURT BOLDLY RULES AGAINST `TREK’ CREATOR’S 1ST WIFE

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The first wife of "Star Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry lost another appeal to reap profits from spinoff series from the syndicated space show.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to give Eileen Roddenberry a hearing to appeal a lower court ruling that said she was entitled only to a share of the profits from the original series.The ruling, upholding the 2nd District Court of Appeal's April decision, is a multimillion-dollar victory for Roddenberry's estate, administered by his widow, actress Majel Barrett Roddenberry. Roddenberry died in 1991.

The 1969 divorce settlement involving Eileen Roddenberry, crafted after the series had been canceled after three seasons, gave her half of the couple's "future profit participation income." The meaning of the phrase was at the center of the court battle.

Eileen Roddenberry has received $13.8 million for the revival of the original series, but nothing from a cultlike revival that has led to six movies, an animation series and three spinoff programs including "Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager."