82-Year-Old Nichelle Nichols Recovering From Stroke
Our thoughts and prayers are with trailblazing actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhuru on TV’s “Star Trek” series.
According to Daily Mail reports:
Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols suffered a mild stroke in her Los Angeles home on Wednesday evening.
According to her manager Zach McGinnis, the 82-year-old actress is awake and resting comfortably, and doctors are undergoing testing to determine the severity.
‘Please keep her in your thoughts,’ McGinnis wrote on her official Facebook page.
The trailblazing star is best known for playing communications officer Lieutenant Nyota Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the 1966 NBC sci-fi series.
Among her fans at that time was civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., who praised her for playing the first African-American role on TV that wasn’t a servant.
Nichols’ character was eventually promoted to Commander throughout the six film spin-offs, ending with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in 1991.
Despite being well into her eighties, the Heroes actress never stopped working and she frequently attends fan conventions.
Nichols’ next scheduled appearance will be August 7-9 for Steel City Con at the Convention Center in Monroeville.
This year, the Are We There Yet star will play Teresa Suskind in the crime-drama The White Orchid with Olivia Thirlby, Jennifer Beals, and Janina Gavankar.
Nichlle also produced and starred as Sensei/Aunt Petunia in an upcoming retro sci-fi spoof called Unbelievable!!!!! featuring Michael Madsen, Gilbert Gottfried, and Jeffrey Combs.
The Chicago-born beauty used to sing on tour with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton before forging her acting career.
We are praying that Ms. Nichols makes a full recovery! Also sending lots of love and positive energy to her and her family. We love you!