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Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana, the first female writer for #StarTrek  who penned a number of classic episodes has died at age 80, according to the sci-fi property's official site

Star Trek writer Dorothy Catherine "D.C." Fontana has passed away at age 80, the show announced. She moved to LA to become a writer in the late '50s, when few women got proper credit, and penned her 1st Star Trek episode in 1966. People are sharing memories of the trailblazer:

Dorothy Catherine Fontana, who used the initials D.C. after struggling to find work in a male-dominated industry, had befriended “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry and rose from secretary to story editor for the 1960s show.

"She was a pioneer. Her work will continue to influence for generations to come." @WilliamShatner  took to Twitter to pay tribute to trailblazer and #StarTrek  writer Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana

issued a heartfelt statement announcing the death of pioneering TV writer Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana, who died at the age of 80 after battling a brief illness

Fans of the funniest show ever - #SCTV  - will love the horse in the one hole in the second race at #Woodbine  today. Owned by Sean & Dorothy Fitzhenry, trained day by Catherine Day Phillips, ridden by Eurico Da Silva, #BobbyBittman  will go off at odds of 8-1