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Nichelle Nichols Suffering From Dementia

Nichelle Nichols Suffering From Dementia

Nichelle Nichols, the legendary The Original Series actress who played Uhura, reportedly has dementia.

This is according to her son, Kyle Johnson, who filed legal documents on his 85-year-old mother’s behalf to avoid her being taken advantage because of her dementia, as reported by TMZ.

The legal documents allow other people to control Nichol’s finances and health decisions. Johnson notes that “certain individuals have unduly exerted themselves into Ms. Nichols’ life to her detriment.”

Despite health issues, including a mild stroke three years ago, Nichols has a few projects in the works, including two movies: Noah’s Room and Mr. Malevolent.

Nichols on stage at an appearance in the UK in 2016

Nichols on stage at an appearance in the UK in 2016 (photo: Carlos Miranda for

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Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan, and isn't ashamed to admit that Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek: Nemesis are his favorite Star Trek movies. You can follow Kyle on Twitter @khady93.



  1. Sandra Greenwald

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I am shocked and sadden to hear about Nichelle Nichols’ dementia; such a lovely lady. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. I watch her on “Star Trek Original Series” almost every day.

  2. DarcieArtist

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    That is such sad news. I met Ms. Nichols at a Star Trek Tour event called Trekonderoga in Ticonderoga, NY last August. I did a drawing of her as Lt. Uhura for her to autograph. Her assistant handed her the drawing, pointed to me and said “She drew this!”. Ms. Nichols looked at my drawing for a while and then she looked at me with a wicked grin, hugged the drawing to herself and said “You sure you want this back?”. What a compliment from a sweet and beautiful lady. I laughed and said “Yes and I would love it if you would sign it for me!”. She did and I treasure it to this day! God bless her.

  3. Theo Bear

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    A shame, but I’m amazed she’s still going strong at 85.

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