Our latest poll asked for your take on the most important factor for Bill Shatner when choosing a new toupee. 3% suggested it was that the toupee be as thick as possible; 5% thought that it may have once bee affordability, but now it's ease of use; 7% thought it was the "wow!" factor - a toupee that gets people talking and 12% thought it was keeping up with the fashions and trends of the times. In joint position at 18% are a secure attachment to the scalp and age-appropriate believability. The most votes, 33%, went to the notion that the hair not look like a toupee.
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Now, on to something else entirely. We doubt we'll get much argument in stating that Sherry Jackson is one of the sexiest guest stars to have appeared in any incarnation of Star Trek. Her infamous costume, as worn in the episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", didn't just raise eyebrows on television screens, but also on set, as documented in many of the behind-the-scenes books on the series.
In the book Inside Star Trek: The Real Story producer Bob Justman recalled:
"Sherry was petite, but her body was perfect. The tunic that [costume designer William Ware] Theiss designed for her was open on both sides, and there was no way she could wear a bra without it being seen - as if she had any need for one. The top of her costume concealed very little. Gene [Roddenberry] felt that the garment could be 'improved' by making some 'hands-on' adjustments.
"...Bill Shatner was in the projection room with us and tried to get into the act. 'I think Bob's right. Maybe if you...' he volunteered and moved to help. But Gene shouldered him aside too."
At the recent convention Phoenix Comicon, Jackson described her experiences on the show with stories of how her dress managed to stay in position leading directly to a tale related to Bill Shatner's toupee-wearing:
"It was interesting meeting Shatner. He wasn’t as tall as I thought he would be. He’s not all that tall – I mean, by my standards…" (Bill Shatner wore lifts on the series to increase his height).
Jackson then describes how she remarked to Bill Shatner that he was wearing unflattering clothing before returning to the issue of his hair and her dress:
"…And also everyone knew he came onto the set each day without his hairpiece on. So it was no big secret that he wore a hairpiece even then. So the reason that I prefaced that is that people often ask me about my outfit. And I have to say that I had to act well enough to overcome my outfit. I didn’t want my outfit to be the star."