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Details on Nichelle Nichols’ Farewell Celebration

Details on Nichelle Nichols' Farewell Celebration

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 as Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series

Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series (CBS)

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.

Nichelle Nichols Farewell Celebration logo

Nichelle Nichols Farewell Celebration logo

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

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  1. danwat1234

    August 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Well with the attitude her son took in that audio, I’m surprised he is letting her go to any events! Happy to hear she is not a prisoner.

  2. don_osborn

    August 22, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I got to meet Nichelle (and Gene R) years ago at an event we put together at University of Arizona (about 1972 or so). She was (and is) such a great and gracious Lady and actor. Our thanks to her.

  3. Brad Swann

    August 23, 2019 at 8:42 am

    I notice Mr. Shatner isnt on the list, i wonder why?? Hahaha

    • AmiRami

      August 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      LOL. Its actually funny because Nichelle Nicholes was there for Shatner’s Comedy Central roast years ago

  4. Mike Uchman

    August 23, 2019 at 9:44 am

    I see Shatner and Takei are both noticeably absent from that list. One wonders why.

    • Morpheus Prime

      August 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      Takei just may not be able to make it and Shatner, well if he was not there for Sock than….

    • AmiRami

      August 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

      Shatner is obvious but yeah its weird that Takei won’t be there

  5. AmiRami

    August 24, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Congratulations on your great long career Nichelle Nicholes!

  6. Freedom

    August 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    Ms. Nicholls was so energetic and joyful at Shore Leave, it was an honor to see her, the line for pictures snaked in the hot sun for hours and the wait was worth it. She’s a treasure.

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