Actors of ‘Star Trek’ – Hollywood Life
George Takei shared an emotional tribute to his friend and ex Star Trek cast Nichelle Nichols. “I will have to say more about the incomparable, pioneering Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed away today at the age of 89, ” he wrote in a tweet on Sunday, July 31.
We have lived a long and prosperous life together. pic.twitter.com/MgLjOeZ98X
– George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) July 31, 2022
“For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes are as bright as the stars that you rest in the middle, my dearest friend,” he also wrote. “We lived a long and prosperous life together,” he added in a second tweet.
Nichols, born Grace Dell Nichols is considered by many to be a frontrunner in the television industry thanks to her role as Black Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, which debuted in 1966. As Uhura, she also shared the kiss on the first interracial screen on American television with co-stars William ShatnerCaptain James T. Kirk. The role is too grand, Martin Luther King Jr. called it “the first unconventional role played by a black woman in television history.”
Nichols last appeared in public at Comic Con in Los Angeles last December, where she greeted fans along with family members, including her son. Kyle Johnson and sister Marian Michaels.
Her death was confirmed by Gilbert Bell, who is both her business partner and talent director. Nichols died in Silver City, New Mexico. Her son also took to Facebook with a statement after her death. “However, her light, like those of ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration from.” he wrote. “Her life was a good life and a role model for all of us.”