‘Star Trek’ Actress Nichelle Nichols dies at 89, becomes immortal by playing ‘Nyota Uhura’

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Nichelle Nichols Paased Away: American Actress And singer Nichelle Nichols died on Saturday night at the age of 89. Nishel has a natural death. Her son Kyle Johnson has confirmed this. She was an American actress of African descent. She acted in many TV shows and films but played the memorable character of her character Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, passed away from natural causes,” Kyle said in an official statement.

Kyle Johnson further wrote on Nichelle Nichols’ Facebook post, “The light of the galaxy that was spreading the light for the last several years is no longer there. Will continue to be a source of learning and inspiration for us and for generations to come. She was a role model for all of us. Me and the rest of our family, thank you for your patience and tolerance.

Statement by Kyle Johnson. (Photo Credits: Facebook @OfficialNichelleNichols)

Kyle Johnson wrote, “We are sadly it is not the right time to speak more. We request that their and our privacy be respected. Liv Long and Prosper, Kyle Johnson.” Let us tell you that when Nichelle Nichols did “Star Trek” in 1966, everyone was surprised. Playing a black woman in a prime-time TV series.

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Nishel riding a bicycle. (Photo Credits: Facebook @OfficialNichelleNichols)

Significant contribution to the development of NASA

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It wasn’t that women were not African-Americans on TV before, but they often played housekeepers and other minor characters. Nichelle Nichols played the character of Uhura and became an important part of the “Star Trek” team. After three seasons of “Star Trek,” Nichols devoted herself to the space program. She helped make NASA more diverse, which helped recruit many people to NASA, including astronauts Sally Ride, Judith Resnick and Gion Bluford.

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The Star Trek team. (Photo Credits: Facebook @OfficialNichelleNichols)

Work not found due to typecast

Like other Star Trek cast members, Nichelle Nichols had a hard time finding work after the original series ended because of typecasting. It was during this time that she played the role of an abusive madam in the Isaac Hayes starrer ‘Truck Turner’ (1974). She was also in an important role in the TV show Heroes in the year 2007.

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