Nichelle Nichols passed away: American actress And singer Nichelle Nichols died Saturday night at age 89. Nichel died of natural causes. His son Kyle Johnson confirmed the matter. She was an African-American actress. He has acted in many TV shows and movies but is most memorable for his character Lt. Nyota Uhura in ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, passed away of natural causes,” Kyle said in an official statement.
Kyle Johnson also wrote on Nichelle Nichols’ Facebook post, ‘The galaxy that has been shining for the past few years is no more. A source of learning and inspiration for us and future generations. He was a role model for us all. Me and the rest of our family, thank you for your patience and tolerance.
Statement by Kyle Johnson. (Photo Credit: Facebook @OfficialNichelleNichols)
Kyle Johnson wrote, “We are in mourning now. This is not the time to talk too much. We ask that their privacy and ours be respected. Live Long and Prosper, Kyle Johnson.” We tell you that when Nichelle Nichols starred in “Star Trek” in 1966, everyone was surprised. A black woman playing a lead role in a prime-time TV series.
Nichelle is riding a bicycle. (Photo Credit: Facebook @OfficialNichelleNichols)
Significant contribution to the development of NASA
It’s not that women haven’t been African-American on TV before, but they often played housekeepers and other minor roles. Nichelle Nichols played Uhura and became an important part of the “Star Trek” team. After three seasons of “Star Trek,” Nichols devoted himself to the space program. He helped make NASA more diverse, recruiting many people to NASA, including astronauts Sally Ride, Judith Resnick, and Zion Bluford.
The Star Trek team. (Photo Credit: Facebook @OfficialNichelleNichols)
Job not found due to typecast
Like other Star Trek cast members, Nichelle Nichols’ work was difficult to find after the original series ended due to typecasting. It was around this time that she played an abusive madam in ‘Truck Turner’ (1974) starring Isaac Hayes. In 2007, he also played an important role in the TV show Hero.
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First Published: August 01, 2022, 11:41 IST