Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

American actress
Actress and singer who had a career as a jazz vocalist before and after she starred on the TV series Star Trek.
BornDecember 28, 1932
HometownRobbins, Illinois, United States
Net worth$500 thousand
Height5'5" (1.65m)
SpouseDuke Mondy, Foster Johnson
ChildrenKyle Johnson
ParentsSamuel Earl Nichols, Lishia Parks Nichols


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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Star Sonequa Martin-Green on the Show’s Unexpected Final Season, the ‘Pressure’ of Representation and Taking the ‘Trek’ Cruise

  • Sonequa Martin-Green’s first memories of “Star Trek” are of her parents watching it on TV — but really, they’re of Nichelle Nichols. “I don’t even know as a child if I knew her real name, but I knew, here’s this beautiful Black woman,” Martin-Green says. “This is Uhura.” Those memories — and that instinctive sense of the character’s …


Woman In Motion

In 1977, with just four months left, NASA struggles to recruit scientists, engineers and astronauts for their new Space Shuttle Program. That is when Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, challenges them by asking the question: Where are my people? She embarks on a national blitz, recruiting 8,000 of the nation's best and brightest, including the trailblazing astronauts who became the first African American, Asian and Latino men and women to fly in space.
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