July 31, 2022

Nichelle Nichols 1932-2022

Nichelle Nichols, best known for playing Lt. Uhura on the original Star Trek series, has passed away at 89. 

Nichols was a talented entertainer who appeared in 27 films and whose career saw her give superb performances as an actor, voice actor, dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter and director. 

She also worked for NASA, initially as recruiter for women and minority employees, (successfully, she personally recruited Guy Bluford and Sally Ride among others) but later she worked for the agency in more substantive roles. She was an amateur astronomer and a lifelong space enthusiast who served for many years on the board of governors of the National Space Society. 

She was most famous for her role as Lt. Uhura, on Star Trek, a role that she gave considerable gravitas to. Most other female characters in the original series tended to be 'window dressing' but Nichols' character gave off a distinct impression of competence and professionalism. She managed this while being one of the best looking women on the show. 

Most of us know of her through her work on the Science Fiction convention circuit, where she was always charming and professional. 

She certainly led a long and full life, but she will be sorely missed. 

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