Nichelle Nichols, an actress and singer died on July 30 at the age of 89. Gilbert Bell, her talent manager and business partner, told her the news. Meanwhile, Kyle Johnson, Nichelle’s son, paid tribute to mom on the website Uhura.com, writing:
“I am sorry to tell you that a beautiful light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.” Her radiance, like the newly discovered ancient galaxies, will live on for us and future generations to appreciate, learn from and be inspired by.”
Nichelle Nichols Net worth
Nichelle Nichols became known as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series and its sequels. She also promoted NASA’s astronaut recruitment initiatives from 1997 to 2015. Nichols’ net worth was estimated at $500,000 by CelebrityNetWorth. She made most of her money as an actress, singer and dancer. In 1983, Nichols paid $110,000 for a house in Woodland Hills, California. Her son then sold the house to the Baron Construction & Remodeling Co. for $2.2 million.
She was a longtime member of the Star Trek series and one of the first black women to appear on a famous TV show. Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison says Nichelle’s performance as Lieutenant Uhura inspired her to pursue a career in space. The character rose to fame after kissing Captain James T. Kirk, who was played by white actor William Shatner. Another example of an interracial kiss broadcast on television was given. Despite the series being discontinued in 1969, she provided the voice of Uhura in Star Trek: The Animated Series. Nichelle starred in six Star Trek films and was one of four remaining cast members when Leonard Nimoy died in 2015.
Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of black women and paved the way for a brighter future for all women in the media. Thank you, Nichelle. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/KhUf4YM6pX
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols’ Career in the Entertainment Industry
Nichelle Nichols began her theater career in 1961 with the musical Kicks and Co., followed by several more performances. In 1967 she appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine and traveled with the orchestras of Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Nichols made her television debut as a guest star on an episode of the NBC show The Lieutenant. She starred in movies like Doctor, Are You Kidding? and Truck Turner.
In addition to Futurama, Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons and others, the pioneering actress played roles in several television shows. She also starred in other TV series such as Heroes and The Young and the Restless. Aside from her television appearances, she had a great musical career. Her first two albums, Down to Earth and Out of This World, were well appreciated by the public, and she also appeared in two episodes of Star Trek.