Nichelle Nichols, ‘Star Trek’ Icon, Dead at 89

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Star TrekNichelle Nichols is an actress and television legend. Has died at 89. Her role as the original series’ star would be back for the animated series, and the first six films. But her impact on TV history and on the franchise is greater than her comms position on Enterprise.

Kyle Johnson, the son of the actress, posted her death on Facebook. He confirmed that she died surrounded by loved ones. “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration. Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all,”The Facebook statement is. “I, and the rest of our family, would appreciate your patience and forbearance as we grieve her loss until we can recover sufficiently to speak further. Her services will be for family members and the closest of her friends and we request that her and our privacy be respected.”

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Nichols made history by making history with the first ever interracial kiss in TV history called a “courageous move”Variety’s Obituary for the Actress. The Star TrekEpisode titled “Plato’s Stepchildren”In 1968, it aired and had an out when the reactions were too negative. It was a memorable film that became synonymous with the show. Captain Kirk and Uhura locked lipsIn a utopian future that most people in the late sixties couldn’t understand.

There were also others, such as Sammy Davis Jr. kissing Nancy Sinatra cheeks during an episode on Movin’ with Nancy. VarietyBoth this and the Uhura kisses were meticulously planned. The Star Trek addition to TV History stands as the first lip–to-lip kiss.

Nichols almost left Star TrekAfter its first season on Broadway, it was convinced by Trek fan Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. because of her influence on other black actors/actresses on television. Variety reports that King persuaded Nichols to remain on the Enterprise.

As a PR campaign to encourage African Americans and women to become astronauts, the actress joined NASA. Star Trek was a motivator for Dr. Mae Jemison (the first black woman on board the space shuttle).

Nichols also played many other roles outside of Star Trek. Even though she was not set in space, she appeared in films like 1974’s. Truck Turner Isaac Hayes. Her influence is still felt through her role in Star TrekIt was enough to solidify her career and give meaning to her fans. Rest in peace.