Nichelle Nichols has died

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by Tom, Jul 31, 2022.

  1. Eddie Roth

    Eddie Roth Commodore Commodore

    May 16, 2001
    I always find it hard to come up with something to say when somebody has died, whether in one's personal life or in the realm of celebrities, that isn't a cliché or a throwaway. So I'll say this instead: I just find it amazing how someone you have never met personally (at least I haven't, sadly) can become a part of your life just by their presence in a TV show and some movies, so much so that you're saddened by their loss. But that is the case with Nichelle - and indeed all the cast of TOS. It goes to show the power of filmmaking, and Star Trek in particular, that these images are a permanent record of these people's work and talent and personalities and therefore, as was said, like the light of long-dead stars that comes from thousands of lightyears away and is therefore never really gone.
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    VKORECTU Lieutenant Red Shirt

    May 12, 2022
    I note she was always ernest , inspirational and positive in her interviews and speeches.
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  3. Henoch

    Henoch Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Dec 27, 2018
    Back On The Shelf
    Her passing hits me hardest (I'm actually crying as I write this.) Nichelle Nichols made Lt. Uhura so real that I feel that I just lost another old friend. RIP. :weep:
  4. Trekker09

    Trekker09 Captain Captain

    Sep 17, 2009
    VIrginia, US
    Had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2004 convention in Hollywood – she was by far the most friendly cast member there, and she gave a great talk, partly about her involvement with NASA. Loved her autobiography, Beyond Uhura. Her life was an inspiration in many ways.
  5. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 14, 2005
    This is sad indeed. She's one of the first women on TV that really "connected" in my mind as a young kid. She was true class.
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  6. 1001001

    1001001 Serial Canon Violator Moderator

    Nov 3, 2001
    Undisclosed Fortified Compound
    I might do a Matt Groening tribute watch today.

    Nichols appeared in 2 episodes of Futurama:

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    And one episode of The Simpsons:


    “I said it to Shatner and I’m saying it to you: there’s no way I’m dating a man with pie on his face!”

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  7. John Clark

    John Clark Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 4, 2008
  8. Noname Given

    Noname Given Admiral Admiral

    May 22, 2001
    Noname Given
    (No - I didn't create this, but I liked it, so...)
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  9. Maurice

    Maurice Snagglepussed Admiral

    Oct 17, 2005
    Real Gone
    We wrote this piece for Feb. 2023 but in light of Nichelle's passing it seemed best to publish it today.
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    Click here or on the pic to read (link)
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2022
  10. Richard S. Ta

    Richard S. Ta Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 10, 2021
    Thank you so much for doing this.

    I find I'm a lot sadder than I ever imagined I would be. I know the lady struggled with dementia in her last years which from my own personal experience with family members is extremely unpleasant.

    Though she's gone, in fact she is released. I hope she is in a far, far better place, free of fear, free of hate, free of prejudice and full only with love.

    To us she will always and forever be as Royalty.

    So it's farewell, but you know what? Star Trek fans will still be watching her open hailing frequencies for as long as there are Star Trek fans to watch. Nichelle, through her creation, is immortal.

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  11. Richard S. Ta

    Richard S. Ta Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 10, 2021
    That's beautiful.

    Sorry for going on in the post above, but goodness. What a loss. :weep:
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  12. oberth

    oberth Commodore Commodore

    Oct 8, 2017
    (new) berlin
    good read - i'd bold the link to make it more visible
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  13. Grant

    Grant Commodore Commodore

    Dec 16, 2006
    Wanted to see her in an episode off the bridge. How many episodes did see go to a planet?
    Gamesters, Plato's and....?
  14. T'Bonz

    T'Bonz Romulan Curmudgeon Administrator

    Apr 1, 2000
    Across the Neutral Zone
    Two pics from 1986 (I was still in my twenties, boo hoo.) She was such a sweet lady.

    NichelleandBaby1986.jpg BonzwithNichelleandGeorge1986.jpg
  15. DataRules

    DataRules Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Oct 23, 2004
    Somewhere in the Alpha Quadrant
    Not just women of color - all women - she recruited the first white women to join NASA, including Judy Resnick, Sally Ride, etc.... You would be right to say "men of color."
  16. TimeIsAPredator

    TimeIsAPredator Commodore Commodore

    Mar 15, 2020
    I was lucky enough to grow up into a family and environment where I didn't understand that it was unusual for a black person or a woman to be equal to their colleagues.

    I was also lucky enough to grow up a Trek fan so that when I went out and saw the real world I approached people with an open heart and mind.

    The world was lucky she existed.
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  17. daddymouse

    daddymouse Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 21, 2009
    God Bless you Nichelle. Job well done!
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  18. Stibbons

    Stibbons Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Jan 15, 2019
    Hailing frequencies open Nichelle, always...
  19. Reanok

    Reanok Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Dec 26, 2002
    I remember watching the Original tv series and the movies . Uhura has always been one my favorite Star Trek characters. I always thought it was amazing the work she did with Nasa and the astronauts she recruited the first women and minority astronauts for all the space shuttle missions and all the amazing science she did with nasa over the years.
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  20. Richard S. Ta

    Richard S. Ta Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 10, 2021
    The Squire of Gothos I think?
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