Entertainment African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, heroine of Star Trek and figure of civil rights, is dead

13:30  01 august  2022
13:30  01 august  2022 Source:   francetvinfo.fr

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Interpreter of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the series "Star Trek", the actress and singer Nichelle Nichols died on the night of Saturday to Sunday, announced his family.

  L'actrice afro-américaine Nichelle Nichols, héroïne de Star Trek et figure des droits civiques, est morte © provided by Franceinfo

African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her pioneer role high-ranking in the cult Star Trek series, died in the night from Saturday to Sunday at the age of 89, announced Sunday July 31 his family in a press release. "Last night, my mother Nichelle Nichols died of natural causes," said her son Kyle on the actress's official website, Uhura.com . "His life has been well experienced and was a model for all of us".

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A family spokesman said the actress died in Silver City, New Mexico, where she lived with her son.

Admired by Martin Luther King

this former dancer and singer who embodied in the science fiction series of the 1960s the Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, officer with African origins and speaking commonly Swahili, had quickly become an icon of civil rights. Her role as a high graded black woman had earned him the admiration of Martin Luther King, murdered in 1968, who had asked her not to leave Star Trek as she had planned, telling her that it was the only series that He authorized his children to watch, she said.

In 1968, when William Shatner who embodied the famous Captain Kirk and Nichelle Nichols kissing, it is the first kiss between a white person and a person of colored on American television. In the 1970s, Nichelle Nichols had made a video to help NASA recruit astronauts, including women and minorities (video in English).

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From Dancer to actress

"My heart is heavy", tweeted another figure in the series, George Takei. "My eyes shine like the stars with which you rest now, my dear friend".

Born on December 28, 1932 in Chicago, Grace Dell Nichols began her career at the age of 14 as a dancer and singer with the Duke Ellington orchestra. Especially known for her role in the first Star Trek series, she had also danced with Sammy Davis Jr. in Porgy and Bess, played in other television series and recorded two albums. She also played Uhura, a name derived from the word "freedom" in Swahili, in the first six declined films of the Star Trek series.

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