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Tributes are pouring in for the late, great Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the originalseries, following the actress' death.
Nichols died aged 89 on Saturday July 30 in New Mexico, USA, of natural causes. Her son Kyle Johnson made the announcement on Nichols'on Sunday July 31. Now, Nichols' former Star Trek co-stars are posting tributes to the actress, calling her "incomparable" and a "legend."
George Takei, who played Sulu in Star Trek, tweeted: "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. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend."
Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols dies aged 89
The actress was best known for her groundbreaking role in the series.The actress, who was best known for her groundbreaking role in Star Trek, died on Saturday.
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. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shining like the stars you now rest among, my dearest friend.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei)
He then tweeted a follow-up post with a picture of himself and Nichols. He wrote: "We lived long and prospered together."
We lived long and prospered together.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei)
Meanwhile, Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura in the new Paramount+ series, posted her own tribute, too. She tweeted a photo of Nichols, writing "Rest well, legend."
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Pioneering ‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols dies aged 89
Pioneering ‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols has died aged 89. © Provided by BANG Showbiz Nichelle Nichols Her role as lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the bridge of the show’s starship was a seen as a groundbreaking representation of black Americans in Hollywood. She passed away Saturday (30.07.22), with her son Kyle Johnson confirming on Sunday (31.07.22) via Instagram: “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away.— ALIEN SUPERSTAR CRG (@celiargooding)
Nichols had earned the admiration of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. after playing a Black authority figure on a mainstream TV show in the 1960s., Nichols said that King even persuaded her to stay on Star Trek after she was tempted to leave the show after the first season in order to pursue a Broadway career. King Jr. said that Nichols' character was crucial in opening doors for other African American artists hoping to get into TV.
In particular, Nichols shared a ground-breaking moment with William Shatner (Captain Kirk) after the two shared one of TV's first interracial kisses.
The legacy of Nichols' performance on the show inspired many figures who followed her. Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Kathryn Janeway in, praised Nichols for leading the way for actresses.
Nichelle Nichols Dead at 89
Played Lt. Uhura on original 'Star Trek' seriesHer son, Kyle Johnson, announced on Nichols Facebook page that she had died July 30 (no cause of death was given).
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“Nichelle Nichols was The First. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit, grace, and a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again. May she Rest In Peace," Mulgrew tweeted.
Nichelle Nichols was The First. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit, grace, and a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again.
May she Rest In Peace.— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew)
Jeri Ryan, who played former Borg drone Seven of Nine in the same show also tweeted a tribute, writing: "RIP to a true legend. Her legacy will live forever."
Meanwhile, Stacey Abrams, who appears as the President of United Earth in, tweeted a photo of her and Nichols.
She wrote: "One of my most treasured photos - Godspeed to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and tremendous actor. Her kindness and bravery lit the path for many. May she forever dwell among the stars. #RIPNichelle #Uhura."
One of my most treasured photos - Godspeed to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and tremendous actor. Her kindness and bravery lit the path for many. May she forever dwell among the stars.
Nichelle Nichols dead – Star Trek star who played iconic role of Lieutenant Uhura dies aged 89
Legendary Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, who played the role of Lieutenant Uhura in the original series of the hit science fiction show, has passed away at the age of 89Taking to her official Instagram account, he told her 33,400 followers that his mum passed away on Sunday 31 July as he wrote: "Friends, Fans, Colleagues, World— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams)
In total, Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura in 69 episodes of Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. She then appeared as Uhura in sixbetween 1979 and 1991.
Furthermore, she also voiced Uhura in 22 episodes of Star Trek: The Animated Series and appeared in archive footage in both Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and. Nichols even played Uhura in the fan production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.
Uhura's life outside of Star Trek, however, was even more impressive. The actress dedicated time to promoting NASA's programs in the hopes of recruiting more diverse astronauts. She was actively involved in this promotion from 1977 to 2015.
The official Twitter account of NASA recognised Nichols' contribution in its own tribute to the actress and activist: "We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actor, trailblazer, and role model, who symbolized to so many what was possible. She partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and minority astronauts, and inspired generations to reach for the stars."
We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actor, trailblazer, and role model, who symbolized to so many what was possible. She partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and minority astronauts, and inspired generations to reach for the stars.— NASA (@NASA)
The official Star Trek Twitter account was one of many more to pay tribute to the actress, sharing a link to an article dedicated to Nichols onand tweeting: "We're deeply saddened to report the passing of Nichelle Nichols – a trailblazer, an inspiration, and so much more. She will be deeply missed."
We’re deeply saddened to report the passing of Nichelle Nichols - a trailblazer, an inspiration, and so much more. She will be deeply missed.— Star Trek (@StarTrek)
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Zoe Saldaña opened up about meeting Star Trek franchise icon Nichelle Nichols and taking on the Star Trek character Uhura.The Star Trek actress finally broke her silence this week by paying tribute to Nichols through her Instagram Stories. Saldaña penned a moving message pointing out the influence the late actress had not only on television, but on pop culture at large. The Guardians of the Galaxy star opened up about how Nichols helped her cope with taking on the iconic role during their first meeting.