NICHELLE Nichols and Uhura from Star Trek, dead at 89

NICHELLE Nichols and Uhura from Star Trek, dead at 89 ...

Nichelle Nichols, a multi-talented actress, singer, and civil rights activist, has died today, according to a post on her official website. Nichols, who gained international fame for her iconic role of Uhura in Star Trek in the 1960s, later on The Animated Series and the six feature films that followed, will be remembered by her son, Kyle Johnson.

On the official website, Uhura.com, I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.

Nichelle Nichols, my mother, died of natural causes last night, according to Johnson. Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies that are now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to admire, learn from, and draw inspiration.

Johnson wrote that he and the rest of the family would appreciate your patience and forbearance while we grieve her death until we can recover sufficiently to speak up further. Her services will be for their families and closest of her friends, and we request that she and our privacy be respected.

Nichols died of natural causes, according to CNN.

Nichols' role as Uhura was created by Roddenberry.

Nichelle Nichols and Gene Roddenberry, July 1976 at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory the night of the Viking 1 Mars landing. pic.twitter.com/Kxu3G6ax5X

Donald E Davis (@DDAVISSPACEART) is scheduled to speak on July 31, 2022.

According to Ben Robinson and Heavys Ian Spelling's book Star Trek: A Celebration, there was no communications officer role initially on Star Trek. Nichols was aware of her since she appeared on his previous show, The Lieutenant. When Star Trek casting began, Nichols was in Europe, and her agent urged her to return to read for the part on this new science fiction program.

Nichols said she read the lines for Mr. Spock because there was no Uhura. She and Roddenberry fleshed out the character together, starting over a lunch.

Singer on the Enterprise

Nichols has been a popular Star Trek character for many occasions. In one episode, Charlie X, Nichols sang to Leonard Nimoy (Spock) in a fun yet flirtatious manner. She also sang in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

An Incredible Talent

A true Alien Superstar #StarTrek #RIPNichelle pic.twitter.com/Lb39FkNZB2

Guapmami7000 (@OfficialSEVHN) on July 31, 2022

Nichelle studied dance at the Chicago Ballet Academy and would occasionally demonstrate her moves on set and in costume, according to the Star Trek Continues Facebook page. As shown above, these photos demonstrate Nichols' talent as a dancer.

Woman In Motion

Nichols started her career in Hollywood as a singer and dancer. She later became a science fiction icon in her role as a NASA recruiter.

Nichols talked about her work for NASA. These missions demonstrate what mankind can dream of, and what mankind can accomplish. I am a member of the NASA family. We have not only the opportunity, but also the obligation to keep the space program viable wherever no one or woman has gone before.

Heavy stated that she wasn't sure how the NASA job would play out, but was surprised when she learned how many scientists and other NASA employees were Trek fans.

Civil Rights Pioneer

President Barack Obama admitted to Nichelle Nichols that he was a Star Trek fan as a kid, and that he had a crush on Lieutenant Uhura in 2012. pic.twitter.com/00HjoUKPJv

Michael Okuda (@MikeOkuda) on June 19, 2021

Nichols considered resigning from Star Trek in 1967 because she felt that Uhura was beneath her. She believed she could do more. First, Trek creator Gene Roddenberry tried to stop her from departing, but later (as reported by Heavy), Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke to her.

In a television academy interview, Nichols was offered a play to do that was Broadway-bound and I was going to leave the show and take that; and it was a good role.

I forget what happened, and I went into the theater and told Gene [Roddenberry] when the season ended, I would withdraw from the program, and Gene said, Yes, I can! and I said, Gene, youve been wonderful, and I really thank you for this opportunity, but you know my life is theater. Musical theater. And I'm getting offers for all kinds of wonderful things, and he's sitting behind me and he handed me my resignation letter that I had written.

Nichols remembered looking at the resignation and saying, "Take the weekend Nichelle and think about it." And he placed it in his desk drawer, and I said, "Thanks, Gene. "

Nichols met Dr. King, who pushed her out of leaving. Again, thanks to Star Trek: A Celebration, King addressed Nichols in person, confirming her departure.

[King] said, What are you talking about? Nichols remembered. He said, You cannot, and, therefore, help me, this man practically repeated verbatim what Gene said. He said, Dont you see what this guy is doing, who has written this? This is the future. He has established us as we should be seen. Three hundred years from now, we are here. This is the first step.

Nichols reversed her decision during the Kings visit, and she stayed on for the third season of Star Trek.

Star Trek Family Remember Nichols

Thousands of fans shared their grief on social media as the news of Nichols' death spread, and the hashtag #RIPNichelle was adopted by many. George Takei, who worked alongside Nichols for many years, shared his thoughts in the following tweet:

Nichelle Nichols, the trailblazer and unstoppable woman who walked the USS Enterprise's bridge with us today, at the age of 89, passed away. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes are sparkling with the stars you now rest among.

George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) will be alive on July 31, 2022.

Wilson Cruz, well-known for Doctor Culber on Star Trek: Discovery, has also shared his thoughts about Nichols' passing:

Before we realized how much #RepresentationMatters we should have #NichelleNichols modeled it for us. With her very presence and grace she reflected who we as people of color are and encouraged us to strive for our potential.

Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) will be in office on July 31, 2022.

Nichols' voice and personality were reintroduced to Star Trek in the episode Kobayashi by Aaron Waltke, who is the co-executive producer of Star Trek: Prodigy.

Nichelle Nichols, I wish you peace and happiness in your life. http://www.pic.twitter.com/RMpfWE4I6k

Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) will be available on July 31, 2022.

The New Uhuras

Nichelle Nichols and Zoe Saldana are two stunning ladies from Instagram: https://twitter.com/ovu5FL9Mx6

Vivian (@Vivian62244255) on November 25, 2020

Producer J.J. Abrams chose actress Zoe Saldana for the role when it came time to adapt Uhura for the Star Trek reboot series in 2008. As shown in the photos above, Nichols and Saldana were on great terms, and Nichols was enthused with Saldana's willingness to accept the role.

Nichols told ComicBook.com in 2017. I told her I gave her my best and wished her the best, and she performed extremely well.

Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, has shared her thoughts on Nichols' legacy.

A Rocky Retirement

Nichols' retirement was a disaster. Many publications covered her fight for control over her estate, including Heavy. According to an article written in 2020, his mother's former manager, Gilbert Bell, committed elder abuse by exploiting her reduced capacity to steal her money and control her finances. Bell responded with his own observations about Johnson.