Entertainment Star Trek cast lead tributes to Nichelle Nichols following her death

02:40  01 august  2022
02:40  01 august  2022 Source:   digitalspy.com

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Tributes are pouring in for the late, great Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek series, 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' Facebook page 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."

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He then tweeted a follow-up post with a picture of himself and Nichols. He wrote: "We lived long and prospered together."

Meanwhile, Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura in the new Paramount+ series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, posted her own tribute, too. She tweeted a photo of Nichols, writing "Rest well, legend."

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. In an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, 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.

Nichelle Nichols © Vincent Sandoval/WireImage Nichelle Nichols

The legacy of Nichols' performance on the show inspired many figures who followed her. Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager, praised Nichols for leading the way for actresses.

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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.

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 Star Trek: Discovery, 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."

In total, Nichols played Lieutenant Uhura in 69 episodes of Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. She then appeared as Uhura in six Star Trek movies between 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 Star Trek: Prodigy. Nichols even played Uhura in the fan production Star Trek: Of Gods and Men.

Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) in Star Trek: The Original Series © CBS / Paramount Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) in Star Trek: The Original Series

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."

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 on the Star Trek website and 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."

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