Nichelle Nichols, STAR TREK’s Original Uhura, Turns 85

On her 85th birthday, we at TrekNews.net 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 Obama in February 2012

In 2015, Nichols sat down with TrekNews.net 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.

Earlier this year, 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
Nichelle Nichols

She will celebrate her birthday with friends and family on Thursday, December 28th at La Piazza Restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles.

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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