Hollywood actress, Nichelle Nichols, well-liked for her function within the Nineteen Sixties sci-fi TV collection Star Trek, has handed on at 89.
She died on Saturday evening, July 30, in Silver Metropolis, N.M. Nichols’ dying was confirmed by Gilbert Bell, her expertise supervisor and enterprise companion of 15 years.
“Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration,” Johnson stated in an announcement shared to Nichols’ official website on Sunday evening. “Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”
Nichols died from pure causes, he stated.
Nichols portrayed communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura within the “Star Trek” TV collection and plenty of of its movie offshoots.
When “Star Trek” started in 1966, Nichols was a tv rarity: a Black girl in a notable function on a prime-time tv collection. There had been African-American ladies on TV earlier than, however they typically performed home employees and had small roles; Nichols’ Uhura was an integral a part of the multicultural “Star Trek” crew.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. known as it “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a Black woman in television history.”
Nichols is broadly identified for taking part in one of many first interracial kisses on US tv when her character kissed James T. Kirk, portrayed by White Canadian actor William Shatner.
In an interview with CNN in 2014, Nichols stated the kiss scene “changed television forever, and it also changed the way people looked at one another.”
After “Trek’s” three-season run, Nichols devoted herself to the area program. She helped NASA in making the company extra numerous, serving to to recruit astronauts Sally Journey, Judith Resnik, and Guion Bluford, amongst others.
George Takei, who portrayed the USS Enterprise’s helmsman Hikaru Sulu, posted a touching tribute to his co-star.
“I shall have more to say about the trailblazing, incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lt. Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed today at age 89,” wrote Takei on Twitter. “For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend.”
“We lived long and prospered together,” he added with a photograph of the pair making the enduring Vulcan salute.