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‘Star Trek’ legend Nichelle Nichols dead at 89


'Star Trek' legend Nichelle Nichols dead at 89

Actress Nichelle Nichols has died at age 89. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

July 31 (UPI) — Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols, a trailblazing actress who was simply among the first Black women to play a significant role on a Television show, has died in Silver City, N.M. She was 89.

Gilbert Bell, Nichols’ talent manager and business partner of 15 years, confirmed the sad news Sunday.

As communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura on the flagship Star Trek series, Nichols’ shared among TV’s first interracial kisses with William Shatner‘s Captain James T. Kirk in 1968.

Nichols also voiced the type on Star Trek: The Animated Series and in the initial six Star Trek films.

She was the initial African American woman to possess her handprints immortalized at the TCL Chinese Theatre in 1991.

Her other screen credits include Manufactured in Paris, Mr. Buddwing, Doctor, You need to Be Kidding, Truck Turner, Antony and Cleopatra, The Supernaturals, Snow Dogs, Are We There Yet?, Heroes, Tru Loved and The Torturer. She also voiced characters in the cartoons Gargoyles, Spider-Man and Futurama.

Along with her acting, Nichols was a singer and appeared in NASA ads designed to recruit diverse candidates to be astronauts.

She made her final high-profile public appearance at L.A. Comic-Con in December.

Paul Sorvino arrives outside at the premiere of Burnt at MoMA in NEW YORK on October 20, 2015. The “Goodfellas” actor died at age 83 on July 25. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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