DECEMBER 28, 2012
On her 80th 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.
Earlier this year, 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.”
Nichelle continues to attend several Star Trek and pop culture conventions each year. In 2013, she’s scheduled to appear at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Conventions in Boston and Las Vegas.
Here’s wishing Nichelle a very happy birthday.
You can follow Nichelle on Twitter at @RealNichelle and visit her website at Uhura.com.
R5, I don't think she would claim to be Maggie Smith, but she was solid enough at what she did.
Her great significance, which Martin Luther King realized at the time, was the huge cultural and social impact she had on millions of young racial minorities who looked up to her for being one of the only positive black role models on t.v. at the time.
Because they grew up watching a racial minority who played a high-ranking officer on board a ship, many young minority women have talked about how they were inspired to go into the navy, air force etc.
She and Shatner shared the first interracial kiss on network TV.
Ignore the troll that is R5. Ms Nichols has always been a beautiful class act. I recommend reading her autobiography that was published in the late 90s or so.
I can't believe Nichelle Nichols is 80. I met her once and she was lovely.
Direct link to photo of Nichelle Nichols with Barack Obama :