After nearly fifty years, legendary Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has decided to retire from public convention appearances. With her farewell tour currently underway, Nichols will headline her final appearance at the Nichelle Nichols Farewell Celebration in Burbank, Calif. next May.
Nichelle Nichols Farewell Celebration
The event will take place May 1–3 at the Marriot Burbank Hotel. In addition to the traditional photo ops and autograph signings, the event will also include a Friday night party and Saturday night banquet and Original Series luncheon with Nichols in attendance.
Nichelle Nichols is best known for her role as Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series and in six feature films. Last May, it was revealed by her son Kyle Johnson that Nichols was suffering from dementia, causing severe short-term memory loss. Since then, the 86 year-old actress has kept up a busy schedule, appearing at multiple events throughout the U.S., including Star Trek Las Vegas earlier this month.
In addition to Nichols herself, the guestlist for the Farewell Celebration includes her fellow Original Series castmate Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), The Next Generation‘s Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Original Series guest stars Michael Forest (Apollo), Bobby Clark (the Gorn), Tanya Lemani (Kara), Sean Kenney (Christopher Pike), Gary Lockwood (Gary Mitchell), Voyager‘s Tim Russ (Tuvok), Enterprise guest star Gary Graham (Soval), along with Discovery executive producer Rod Roddenberry, film critic Scott Mantz, Star Trek historian Larry Nemecek, Jimmy Doohan’s son Chris Doohan, Battlestar Galactica‘s Herbert Jefferson Jr. (Boomer), production designer Rick Sternbach, visual effects artist Doug Drexler, Original Series writers Dorothy ‘D.C.’ Fontana and David Gerrold, along with Star Trek experts Michael and Denise Okuda.
Weekend admission tickets start at $75 and are available at uhura.space.