Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

American actress
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Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols (born Grace Dell Nichols; December 28, 1932) is an American actress, singer, and voice artist best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, and its film sequels. Nichols's portrayal as Uhura was groundbreaking for African American female characters on American television.

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Full name at birth
Grace Dell Nichols
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Claim to fame
Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in "Star Trek" (1966) and several of the Star Trek films
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Date of birth
28 December 1932
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Place of birth
Robbins, Illinois, USA
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Age
88
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Actor, Producer, Singer, Dancer
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5' 5" (165 cm)
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Residence
Woodland Hills, California, U.S.
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Net worth
$8,000,000 USD
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Jeffrey Leavitt Agency
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I`m a fan of the fans. I love them. They`re fabulous. I love being around them. I love their madness and their caring. I love watching them take off for a weekend, don the costumes, and become characters from the 23rd century and beyond. I thank the fans for giving us -- me -- so much support and love. I want them to know I love them. They`ll always be my friends. I`ll see the fans, always. They can rest assured of that. (on fans of "Star Trek")
  • Confessed in her autobiography she once had a close, personal relationship with 'Star Trek' creator Gene Roddenberry.
  • Former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison was inspired by Nichols when she decided to become the first African American female astronaut. Jemison was a fan of the original "Star Trek" (1966).
  • Fed up with the racist harassment, culminating with her learning that the studio was withholding her fan mail, she submitted her resignation from "Star Trek" (1966). She withdrew it when Martin Luther King personally convinced her that her role was too important as a breakthrough to leave.
  • Became the first African-American to place her handprints in front of Hollywood's Chinese Theatre, along with the rest of the 'Star Trek' crew. In 1992, she earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Made both her first (The Corbomite Manoeuvre) and last (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) 'Star Trek' appearances with DeForest Kelley.

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