Nichelle Nichols, trailblazing 'Star Trek' actress, dies at 89

Actress and singer Nichelle Nichols, best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lt. Nyota Uhura in "Star Trek: The Original Series," has died at age 89, according to a statement from her son, Kyle Johnson.
Nichols portrayed communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura in the "Star Trek" TV series and many of its film offshoots.
When "Star Trek" began in 1966, Nichols was a television rarity: a Black woman in a notable role on a prime-time television series. There had been African-American women on TV before, but they often played domestic workers and had small roles; Nichols' Uhura was an integral part of the multicultural "Star Trek" crew.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called it "the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a Black woman in television history."
Nichols is widely known for participating in one of the first interracial kisses on US television when her character kissed James T. Kirk, portrayed by White Canadian actor William Shatner. In an interview with CNN in 2014, Nichols said the kiss scene "changed television forever, and it also changed the way people looked at one another."

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100+ komentarze:

David J
David J:
Like Lenard Nimoy, she lived long, and prospered. Rest in peace Ma'am.
I am jacks complete lack of surprise
I am jacks complete lack of surprise:
An icon and legend. She boldly went where no woman had gone before. Now she is among the stars R.I.P
Rebecca Nolan
Rebecca Nolan:
She was the reason why I love science. Rest In Power Ms, Nichols. You have inspired generations of children. We will miss you.
Paul Seale
Paul Seale:
I loved watching her on Star Trek. A woman on the bridge assigned to a high responsible job like communications! I deeply respected her for her dignity and self assurance.
Jeff Cooper
Jeff Cooper:
A child of the 60’s loved Star Trek and enjoyed the diverse characters.
tom11zz884
tom11zz884:
Rest In Power Mrs. Nichols.
You carried the torch well.
SmellyOleGoat
SmellyOleGoat:
I always liked her. I didn’t know a thing about her, but I always believed she was the personification of beauty, grace, dignity, and elegance.
Eliel Lopez
Eliel Lopez:
R.I.P. Nichelle Nichols.... "somewhere beyond the stars, beyond Antaries."
Hans Leeuw
Hans Leeuw:
As a (white) child watching the series I never thought that there was anything strange or out of place about miss Uhura. That normalization as it should be is so important.
Cosmic Ray's  Shots into The Light
Cosmic Ray's Shots into The Light:
This woman did great things in her life, and should be remembered. You guys at CNN should produce a documentary about her life and her accomplishments.
Rocket Dude
Rocket Dude:
I got to meet her at a Star Trek convention years ago . She was a beautiful person and an inspiration to all. She will be missed .
mostly nobody
mostly nobody:
Big respect 🙏. You were the one. You are bringing more black girls into science.
Sean Alexandre
Sean Alexandre:
Graceful. Dignified. Stately. Inspiring. Just a few of many wonderful words to describe Nichelle Nichols. I grew up watching Star Trek and have always been amazed and inspired by the messages and the actors that portrayed the characters. Lt. Uhura was inspiring on many levels to so many people. It was fitting that she played the role of a Communications Officer. May her message continue to broadcast on all subspace frequencies. Rest In Peace, Nichelle Nichols.
Terrier Queen
Terrier Queen:
She was a true role model during my childhood. Even the lead lady crimefighters I saw--Honey West, Emma Peele, April Dancer--had their share of damsel in distress moments. Not Uhura. She served and survived along side the men. I saw that it was possible to work as an equal with men because of her.
John Polk
John Polk:
I remember Uhura in Star Trek V saying: "I always wanted to play to a captive audience." Well she managed to keep me captive watching Star Trek when I was younger. May Nichelle Nichols rest in peace.
Roy Whitman
Roy Whitman:
Rest in peace lovely lady! You helped to inspire a generation!
Curtis Thomas
Curtis Thomas:
"..... to boldly go where no (black) woman has gone before......"
R.l.P. Lt Uhura
Louise Clark
Louise Clark:
I always wanted to be her- a Communications Officer on board a Starship...An incredible lady and legend. RIP
Kurt Pollock
Kurt Pollock:
She lived long and prospered.
sleeperjay
sleeperjay:
Rest in Peace, Nichelle. I am grateful to have grown up watching her on Star Trek. She made such a difference to my worldview.
🙏🥰💖
Myxel Plix
Myxel Plix:
Oh man how sad. She was pioneer. She will be terribly missed. They should do a recent documentary on her.
JC Nance
JC Nance:
She was a beautiful icon!!!! A real lady.
Naturesbeauty
Naturesbeauty:
She was such a beautiful woman back then and even at 89. RIP Nichelle. Prayers to her family!
June Bugg
June Bugg:
Imagine Nichelle Nichols and Bill Russell passing on the same day, at about the same age. Two magnificent African American pioneers, one an actor and the other an athlete. Both champions of civil rights and social justice.
Glenn D
Glenn D:
Lt. Uhura was one of my television crushes when I was a kid. That aside, she was a class act.
RIP, Nichelle Nicols.🙏
MikeLinPA
MikeLinPA:
I was born in '61, and I lived for Star Trek! (And fishing with my dad.) It never occurred to me that a black woman with dignity, responsibility, and authority was odd. It seemed perfectly normal, because that is how it should be. Thank you for being part of my childhood. Rest in peace.
S. L. Nicholson
S. L. Nicholson:
Unforgettable character.
When you saw the acting on this show you knew you were watching greatness.
crystalheart9
crystalheart9:
She was my favorite on Star Trek. I remember when I saw the kiss scene I didn't think anything of it except I was going to be disappointed if they didn't kiss. What a beautiful lady.
Lake County Naturalist
Lake County Naturalist:
Uhura was my hero when I was a little girl. She was beautiful, smart, had a good job and could hold her own with the guys. This is truly a sad day. Thank you, Nichelle for the inspiration and guidance!
PeBoVision
PeBoVision:
This is so sad. Ms Nichols was an amazing role model. But her passing reminds us that we have much to do in the here and now, if we are ever to become what Rodenberry envisioned.

RIP Uhura. May you go gently where only the best of us have gone before.
Rondayvous
Rondayvous:
She was the epitome of class and sophistication ❤️
Capital Flash
Capital Flash:
Before Nichelle Nichols, NASA only recruited from the military. In the late 70s, she partnered with NASA to develop a STEM program & lead the recruitment effort for the Space Shuttle program with a focus on increasing the number of female & POC applicants, halting her career to travel, speak, & recruit across the nation. Her 2018 documentary _Woman In Motion_ is worth watching today.
Hannah Webb
Hannah Webb:
I had the great pleasure of meeting Ms. Nichols at a Star Trek convention in Wichita, KS. I was a member of Starfleet International and our Wichita Chapter of that organization invited her to one of our meetings and presented her with a fruit bowl to take up to her motel room.
Teresa K. Page, LLC
Teresa K. Page, LLC:
Rest in Peace, Madame Nichols! Thank you for your work and service to us all and beyond!
Maryse Racine
Maryse Racine:
She was my favourite with Mckoy on the show. Rest In Peace.
Berpha Nations
Berpha Nations:
The world has grown a little darker without her
Berserkir Claws
Berserkir Claws:
She will always be a legend ! 🖖
Love Bug
Love Bug:
Lt. Uhura you were always a star and now you are shining up in heaven but all the stars🙏🏻⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
TheMightyPatapon
TheMightyPatapon:
Rest in peace. A true legend that helped pave the way for others.
Emsley Wyatt
Emsley Wyatt:
Prior to her being on Star Trek and Greg Morris being on Mission: Impossible black actors could only get hired to play characters specifically written to be black.
Edward Pincus
Edward Pincus:
RIP Ms Nichols. You are loved, were loved and will continue to be loved and greatly admired.
Paul Seale
Paul Seale:
Rest in peace! I loved watching her character in Star Trek. A woman in a
Tricia C
Tricia C:
Oh I always loved her. She played her part well and was so beautiful. I didn't know she sang so beautifully. Rest in peace!
BrynPoo KC
BrynPoo KC:
Nichelle came often to Kansas City, Missouri Star Trek conventions and was the most gracious and amazing person. She would wander around the hotel space and meet and talk to everyone. When she was in a room, you just felt her aura (a thing I don’t believe in, but it was there). I got to have one-on-one conversations often. She also came and did our regional theatres. I remember her telling us about her plans to work with NASA sitting cross-legged on the apron on the stage after a show. As a 15-year old white girl in the suburbs, Nichelle was my hero too! She was the first woman of any color who wasn’t a secretary or a nurse or a wife/mother on the TV shows I saw. It hurts to know she is no longer in this world with us. The world is smaller today.🖖🏾 LLAP
Stella
Stella:
Thank you for the memories and the inspiration. You were, and will forever be, a legend.
Christina Stapler
Christina Stapler:
Even though I’m a white girl, I LOVE how she broke barriers!!! She’s not a lieutenant. She’s a QUEEN!!! RIP Queen
JasonDrvmz
JasonDrvmz:
I remember getting her autograph at a Star Trek convention in NYC when I was a kid. RIP🖖🏾
Kirby Evans
Kirby Evans:
Rest in Peace Nichelle, you were so loved. I watched the original Star Trek as a little kid and I only later realized how important your roll was. Solidarity forever.
Demeka Brooks
Demeka Brooks:
RIP!My condolences go out to the family.She is a good actress.
Wendy Nicklin
Wendy Nicklin:
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 a true role model for all women
The Communication Coach
The Communication Coach:
She was wonderful! RIP, Lt. Uhura, it's the end of your watch. ☹🙏👼
Robert Findley
Robert Findley:
So sad! Such a pioneering actress and talent. Thanks for the memories Nichelle!
Mike Hartman
Mike Hartman:
I remember growing up watching Star Trek. We actually called it Star Trak for some reason just like my other friends. What was interesting was that there was not a scant of thought about racism or people of color on the show. It was only later as an adult did I find out that it was somehow a controversial issue. In a way it proves that racism has to be taught to be seen as strange or wrong. Thank you Nichelle Nichols for being an important mark on history and letting me see just another human being like any other untainted and pure.
Albert Taylor
Albert Taylor:
Rest in peace and power my beautiful strong sister.
Juan E Ferdin
Juan E Ferdin:
I was a child when I first saw S T and have seen each episode 1000 times, even though I am a POC ,I never thought of her that way, she was a beautiful woman doing a great job on the show and was very inspirational
René Fabre
René Fabre:
Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) will always remain in my heart of hearts for all time a hero of mine. I was fortunate to be from a certain young generation when the original Star Trek series aired. She was so much a part of the fabric of my life during those times and contributed so much as to how I constructed the future. Bless you Nichelle and thank you! Hopefully we'll meet up in the 23rd Century!
lynn hughes
lynn hughes:
Nobody else could have played Uhura better. I have loved Star Trek from day one. May she Rest in peace
paul rollings
paul rollings:
Such an iconic actress. One who I'll remember for all time. May she rest in peace.
jorge gonzalez-larramendi
jorge gonzalez-larramendi:
what a great trailblazer lady ..
i found it very inspiring that Lt Uhura was in charge of guiding a computer to interpret *languages* - with life-or-death in balance.
one "fan" movie finally cast her as Commodore in The Federation Star Fleet and it is one of the Best startreks... -
randle guill
randle guill:
RIP,beautiful lady.
I cannot count the times that I enjoyed watching you on Star Trek one of my favorite shows ever.
Marian Lincoln
Marian Lincoln:
She was such a BEAUTIFUL. TALENTED, and CLASSY LADIE...
NOW SHE TRAVELS THE HEAVENS WHERE SHE TRULY BELONGS... RIP.
verdi mundi
verdi mundi:
She was my hero as a child <3
Thank you also for reminding us how recent the "bad old days" really were. It's terrifying how fast we are backsliding. We cannot ever, ever go back to being a country where that kiss would be controversial.
Blindkimberly13
Blindkimberly13:
Thank you Nichelle. All of your roles brought dignity, beauty and love to us mere mortals. Be at peace sweet lady.
Patty Kelly
Patty Kelly:
I remember watching the show as a kid. I was 13 the year of the kiss. He's right, none of us batted an eye at an inter racial kiss. The show was brilliant that way.
Robert Houston
Robert Houston:
It was beautiful and rough back in the days and a whole lot of people love to Star Trek my condolence to the family of a beautiful queen of Star Trek 👑👸🏽👑
Stephen Windsor
Stephen Windsor:
You know you are getting old when the icons you grew up with, laughed and cried with are popping off. So sad to see the end of this great woman. Her legacy will live on.
Earls Reid
Earls Reid:
She blazed the way for a LOT of talented actors after her in TV and movies, she will be deeply missed.
Simon P
Simon P:
I was shocked to hear that such a beautiful soul had passed.
You will be missed Nichelle.
swampdaddy dan
swampdaddy dan:
R I P to one of the most elegant actors ever, we love you and thank you for changing so many people for the better.
CollinsK85
CollinsK85:
Legendary Queen Status, RIP to the Great Nichelle Nichols Always and Forever in Our Hearts Much Love ❤👑🏆🙏🏾🕊
megleland
megleland:
She was a hero of mine since kindergarten. Love you always Ms Nichols.
GizmoMaltese
GizmoMaltese:
This is so sad because Uhura was such a big part of my childhood watching Star Trek repeats. I've never met her but it feels like I've lost someone dear to me.
TheBob1901
TheBob1901:
Lt. Uhura was one of my favourite characters on Star Trek. It's sad Nichelle Nichols has passed away, but she did live a long and full life, and that's what counts.
Noel Hernandez
Noel Hernandez:
I'm heart broken!! I've been a star trek fan since I was a little kid!! Rest in peace Lt Uhura! 😭💔💔💔
cher Lynn
cher Lynn:
Wow, I never new star trek ended in 1969, I watched as a kid in the 1980s, what a beautiful, strong woman. RIP 💔🌷🌺
Churchill9050
Churchill9050:
Thank you for your wonderful portrayal of Lt Uhuru. I still watch the original series and love every episode. Peace and God bless.
Rudeboy John
Rudeboy John:
Much love and respect to one of my all time favorite heroes
Enyo Afele
Enyo Afele:
Thank you, Nichelle Nichols, for embodying the role of Nyota Uhura with grace and dignity, for giving me confidence and hope as a child, to believe that I could be visible in a world that had no place for African women. I am who I am today, largely because of women like you and your courage to open the doors. Thank you.
BETTERWORLD SGT0589
BETTERWORLD SGT0589:
Sad to hear! She was great on Star Trek, and very beautiful!
App Happy
App Happy:
Always been a Trekkie ever since I first started to watch the SciFi TV show in syndication ever since in the 70s RIP Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) you surely will be missed
Tee Time Wisdom
Tee Time Wisdom:
This will always be the greatest sci-fi show ever created! RIP to a legend, 💫 Nichelle Nichols ❤️🕊
Colin McEvoy
Colin McEvoy:
To think about the diversity in the show and behind the scenes, absolutely amazing. A legend has been lost but her legacy will last forever.
Hammy Hog
Hammy Hog:
I grew up watching her, I always loved star trek original series and followed through the years. What a voice and you just vouldn't put her character in a box.
Jade
Jade:
Awww, I loved her so much. So sad she's gone. I would rush home after school everyday to watch Star Trek. I'll never forget her. RIP Lieutenant Ahura.
King Henry
King Henry:
Always loved her, a true talent! R.I.P. Live Long & Prosper!
confused thing
confused thing:
“Live long and prosper”
And she did. Rest is peace Nichelle Nichols. You will be missed.
Mr. Cloak Of Dagger
Mr. Cloak Of Dagger:
This was a very entertaining and uniquely enjoyable show to watch ,I watched star trek mostly because the cast was nothing like before anyone had seen on television. I think the entire country fell In love with the crew of the enterprise .rest in peace to ms.nichols a classy lady and trailblazer In television .live long and prosper.
kp survival
kp survival:
Rest in peace lovely lady! You helped to inspire a generation!
michael saunders
michael saunders:
She was amazing and her role on star trek was and is one of the best characters in sci-fi history
Laura gn
Laura gn:
To Nichelle's family & loved ones,
I have loved her my entire life❤️
My mother had me watching Star Trek from the day i was born. I in turn had my children watching Star Trek as the would take their naps. Uhura is my hero! Nichelle leaves a bright star for all to see throughout eternity. We'll miss you and remember you with extreme pride🖖
Paul Keller
Paul Keller:
Michelle Nichols and Bill Russell in one day! My heart is reeling! Such amazing people! So kind and strong for us all .
G. Dunham
G. Dunham:
Enjoyed your work on Star Trek. Glad that you lived a long and fruitful life.
John McNulty
John McNulty:
Such a person of class and dignity. RIP Nichele. Thanks for making a difference as well as entertaining us!
Ladycarpenter
Ladycarpenter:
When I was a little girl I wanted to be her. She was such an inspiration.
James Thong
James Thong:
She has reached "The Final Frontier", rest in peace Nichelle Nichols.
Rose Geaber
Rose Geaber:
Love her! Be at peace and keep going where no man has gone before!
TheGoddessDiana
TheGoddessDiana:
She is resting in peace, in power, and in love...where her heart is...beneath skies that are "green and glowing", beyond Antares. Thank you, Ms. Nichols / Lieutenant Uhura.
Drew Rickard
Drew Rickard:
RIP nichelle you were an amazing person meeting you at comic con a decade ago was truly an amazing experience
Elaine Burnett
Elaine Burnett:
Nicole was. And will be listed in history as a national treasure..
Thank you Nicole!
Jeff Davies
Jeff Davies:
I've been feeling under the weather all week and when I am like this I watch Star Trek, all weeks I've been watching TOS, just last night I watched "Mirror Mirror", never thinking I'd hear such sad news this morning

My heartfelt and sincere condolences go out unreservedly to her family and friends, I've been a fan of Nichelle since 1968, when I was 8 years old, she was a talented singer and a pioneer in her acting field and she will never be forgotten.