Nichelle Nichols

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August 13, 2022

Nichelle Nichols, responsible Grace Dell Nichols (born December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois, died July 30, 2022 in Silver City) - American actress and singer. The greatest fame was brought by her role as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek series.

Curriculum vitae

While studying in New York, she performed as a singer in nightclubs, was also a model and acted in musicals. She has traveled across the United States, Canada and Europe, performing in jazz bands by Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. During the first season of Star Trek, Nichols wanted to quit the show due to the marginal role of her character. She remained in the cast after the persuasion of Martin Luther King, who made her realize what a great role he can play in the emancipation of young black women. They were inspired by the figure of Uhura, among others, Whoopi Goldberg (starring in Star Trek: The Next Generation) and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. Her kiss with William Shatner, playing Captain Kirk, has gone down in history, considered the first screen kiss of a dark-skinned woman and a white man. After the production of the first Star Trek series was completed, she volunteered for the NASA project aimed at attracting women and people belonging to ethnic minorities to work in the space agency. The project turned out to be a success, and thanks to the recruitment activities of Nichols, NASA included, among others later astronauts: Sally Ride (America's first astronaut), Guion Bluford (first African-American astronaut), Judith Resnik and Ronald McNair, and future agency bosses: Charles F. Bolden (also an astronaut) and Lori Garver. She recorded two albums: Down to Earth (1967) and Out of This World (1991). She is also the author of the autobiographical book Beyond Uhura • Star Trek and Other Memories (1994) and the co-author of the novels Saturn's Child (1996), written with Margaret Wander Bonanno, and Saturna's Quest (2002), written with Jim Meechan. One of the main belt asteroids was dubbed "Nichols" due to Nichelle's acting portrayal as Uhura in the Star Trek series.

Filmography

1959: Porgy and Bess (Porgy and Bess) - an episode 1964: The Lieutenant (TV series) - Norma Bartlett 1966: Tarzan's Deadly Silence (TV two-part) - RuanaPan Buddwing (Mister Buddwing) - Dice Game Participant Star Trek (until 1969, TV series) - Lieutenant Uhura 1967: Doctor, You've Got to be Kidding - Jenny Ribbock 1973: Star Trek (animated TV series) - Lieutenant Uhura (voice) 1974: Truck Turner - Dorinda 1979: Star Trek (Star Trek: The Motion Picture) - Cmdr. Uhura 1982: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) - Lieutenant Commander Uhura 1983: Antony and Cleopatra - Charmian 1984: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock) - Lt. Uhura 1986: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - Lieutenant Commander Uhura The Supernaturals - Sgt. Leona Hawkins1989: Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - Lt. Uhura 1991: Star Trek VI: War for Peace (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) - Lieutenant Commander Uhura 1992: Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Enhanced (computer game) - Lieutenant Uhura (voice) 1994: Gargoyles (four episodes to 1998, animated TV series) - Diane Maza (voice) Batman (Batman: The Animated Series) (Avatar episode, animated TV series) - Thoth Khepera (voice) Star Trek: Judgment Rites (computer game) - Lt. Uhura (voice) 2000: Futurama (ep. Anthology of Interest I, animated TV series) - herself as a guest of the program 2002: Futurama (ep. Where No Fan Has Gone Before) - herself as a guest of Snow Dogs - Amelia Brooks2005: Are We There Yet? (Are We There Yet?) - Miss Mable 2007: Star Trek: Of Gods and Men