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Nickel Nichols, ‘Star Trek’ actress, 89. dead on

Nickel Nichols, actress best known for her pivotal role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura star trek Has died at the age of 89. Nichols’ son Kyle Johnson announced the news in a statement.

“Friends, fans, colleagues, world I am sorry to inform you that a great light in the sky no longer shines for us as it has been for so many years. Last night, my mother, Nickel Nichols, died of natural causes Died and passed away. His light however, like the ancient galaxies that are now being observed for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and inspire,” said Nicholas’ official statement Facebook read the page.

“His life was well lived and as a model for all of us. I, and the rest of our family, will appreciate your patience and tolerance as we mourn his loss until we recover well enough to speak further,” it continued. “His services will be for family members and their closest friends and we request that their and our privacy be respected.”

The statement ended with the show’s iconic dispatch, “Live Long and Prosper.”

official star trek The Twitter account confirmed the news. “We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Nichols – a trailblazer, an inspiration, and more. She will be greatly missed,” tweeted a photo of Nichols.

Nichols broke barriers as one of the first black women to play a lead role in a television series. The actress made her series debut in 1966, as one of the bridge crew members on the USS Enterprise, alongside William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk. During his time on the series, Nichols made history and inspired other black actors to appear in the series in future seasons and iterations.

In the episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”, the characters Nichols and Kirk kiss while in Mind Control, the first interracial kiss on American television lip-to-lip.

Nichols famously talked about how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. convinced her to stay in the role when he shared with her that she did not want to return, as she had dreams of acting on Broadway.

“I turned directly into Dr. Martin Luther King’s face and almost fainted,” Nichols told ET in 1992. He praised the show and told me how much he admired my work and how important it was. I said, ‘Okay. ‘Thank you very much, but I am leaving the show.’ And Dr. King said, ‘You can’t! You have changed the face of television forever!'”

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“They said, ‘It’s more important that people who aren’t Black watch this show, see you in this role, than they see us first as we should be seen, as equals,'” Nichols recalled. .

Nichols continued as Lieutenant Uhura for three seasons of the series and subsequent films and animated series. Following her role, Nichols was hired by NASA in the ’70s to help encourage women and African Americans to become astronauts.

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Nichols began her career at the age of 16 singing with Duke Ellington. The actress studied film in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and appeared in productions on stage. carmen And Kicks & Co. In addition, she appeared heroes, Are We There Yet And snow dog,

In 2015, Nichols suffered a mild stroke and recovered in less than two weeks. In the weeks following the health scare, Nichols gave ET an update.

“I’m feeling the best I’ve felt in a very long time,” Nichols told Nichelle Turner. Nichols said there was no loss of mobility as a result of his stroke, telling ET, “I’m as wild and wooly as ever.”

Nichols is survived by his son Kyle Johnson.

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