Mostly Credited As: Nichelle Nichols
Birth Name: Grace Nichols
Date Of Birth: December 28, 1933 (Age 79)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Robbins, Illinois
Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Trivia Nichelle was the first black woman to be on Star Trek (1966).
Nichelle is the only original Star Trek series cast member never to reprise their role on any of the spin-off series or movies.
Nichelle is 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall.
Nichelle's younger brother Thomas commited suicide with the cult members in Rancho Santa Fe, near San Diego in March, 1997.
Fed up with the racist harassment, culminating with her learning that the studio was withholding her fan mail, Nichelle submitted her resignation. She withdrew it when Martin Luther King personally convinced her that her role was too important.
Nichelle's role as "Lt. Uhura" on Star Trek (1966) was the first time that an African American actress was portrayed in a non-stereotypical role.
Former NASA astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison was inspired by Nichelle when she decided to become the first African American female astronaut. Jemison was a fan of the original Star Trek (1966).
Comedian Whoopi Goldberg lists Nichelle as a huge influence on her deciding to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
From the late 1970's until sometime in the late 1980's, Nichelle was employed by NASA and was in charge of astronaut recruits and hopefuls.
Nichelle and Star Trek (1966) co-star William Shatner shared the first interracial kiss on American television. This resulted in a deluge of mail - 99% of which was positive.
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