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Nichelle Nichols, STAR TREK’s Original Uhura, Turns 87

Nichelle Nichols, STAR TREK's Original Uhura, Turns 87

On her 87th birthday, we at would like to wish Star Trek: The Original Series star Nichelle Nichols a very happy birthday.

Born in Robbins, Illinois on December 28, 1932, singer, dancer, actress, and writer, Nichelle Nichols starred in all three seasons of TOS along with six feature films.

Her Star Trek character, Nyota Uhura, broke down many 1960s racial stereotypes and will forever have a special place in television and entertainment history.

Today, Nichelle continues to be an inspiration to generations of fans with her positive outlook on life and hope for a better tomorrow.

Space Shuttle Enterprise
Nichols along with Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and her co-stars DeForest Kelley, George Takei, James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy and Walter Koenig with the Space Shuttle Enterprise in 1976.

In 2012, while visiting Washington D.C. in celebration of Black History Month, she had the opportunity to meet United States President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Nichelle later tweeted the photo of them both flashing a Vulcan salute along with the caption “A photo came to me in the mail that I’ve kept for myself for over a week, but now it’s time to share it with Trekkers everywhere.”

Nichols with Obama in February 2012
Nichols with President Barack Obama in 2012

In 2015, Nichols sat down with for an exclusive interview to discuss her life, career and the NASA SOFIA mission she was part of.

In 2016, she appeared as Lucinda, the mother of Neil Winters, on the soap opera The Young and the Restless. Later in 2017, Nichelle appeared on stage with NASA astronaut Mae Jemison at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. She also appeared at the British Film Institute event to discuss the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

Nichelle Nichols, Sonequa Martin-Green and William Shatner
Nichols with Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green and Original Series star William Shatner (CBS)

In 2018, it was reported that the actress is suffering from dementia.

Nichols plans to retire from convention appearances, following her “Farewell Celebration” in Los Angeles next May.

Here’s wishing Ms. Nichols a very happy birthday.

You can follow Nichelle on Twitter at @NichelleIsUhura and on her Star Power page for updates.

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  1. superchiefaba

    December 28, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    She has already lived and prospered, well done Nichelle Nichols and a happy birthday.

    • Camelia

      January 17, 2020 at 8:29 pm

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  2. Karl Hamann

    December 28, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, Nichelle! Still pipin’ those gams!

  3. charles

    December 29, 2019 at 12:35 am

    Happy birthday Nichols ( uhura ) may you be god bless and live long and prosper.

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