"uhura" is dead: Legendary Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols died at the age of 89

A message that will certainly not only shake the Star Trek fans among you: Nicole Nichols is last Saturday at the age of 89 deceased. Her son did this Kyle Johnson on Nichols’ official Facebook page announced while taking a photo of her star on the walk of fame published in Hollywood. According to her son, Nichelle Nichols died of natural causes.

That was Nichelle Nichols

The actress was born on December 28, 1923 Born in the US city of Robbins, she already had a different career before stepping in front of a camera. Because she was one passionate singer and was part of the band of such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton and Duke Ellington. In the 1960s she had a few appearances on the legendary Broadway. However, Nichelle Nichols got her big break with her role as Lieutenant Uhura in the TV series star trek (in German: Starship Enterprise). In this regard, she was considered Pioneer in Hollywoodsince you first black woman to meet a white man iallowed to kiss in the US media.


This scene with William Shatner aka Captain Kirk caused quite a stir and controversial discussions in the USA in 1968. There was even a boycott of the broadcast the corresponding episode of Star Trek in the southern states of the country.

In order to be able to continue her career in front of the camera, she even received support from the famous Bürgerrecthler Martin Luther King.

However, Nichelle Nichols was not only seen in Star Trek, but had also shaped roles in other films and series. Among other things, she was in the tragedy “Antony and Cleopatra” as well as the horror comedy “Rebels of Horror” to see. Also in the superhero series “heroes” she had a prominent appearance in several episodes.

Source: official page of Nichelle Nichols on Facebook

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