Nichelle Nichols, 89, was an actress and singer who died on July 30. Gilbert Bell, her talent manager, and business partner informed her of the news. Meanwhile, Nichelle’s son, Kyle Johnson, paid tribute to his mother on the website Uhura.com, writing:
“I’m sorry to inform you that a brilliant light in the heavens that has shone for us for so many years is no longer shining for us.”
Her luminosity, like the newly discovered ancient galaxies, will be preserved for us and future generations to admire, learn from, and be inspired by.”
What is the Net Worth of Nichelle Nichols? Salary, Earnings
Nichelle Nichols rose to notoriety in Star Trek: The Original Series and its sequels as Nyota Uhura. From 1997 until 2015, she also supported NASA’s astronaut recruitment activities. CelebrityNetWorth assessed Nichols’ net worth at $500,000.
As an actress, singer, and dancer, she made the most of her money. Nichols spent $110,000 on a property in Woodland Hills, California, in 1983. Her son then sold the house for $2.2 million to the Baron Construction & Remodeling Co.
She was a long-time part of the Star Trek franchise and one of the first black women to feature on a popular television show. Mae Jemison, a former NASA astronaut, credits Nichelle’s portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura for encouraging her to pursue a career in space.
After kissing Captain James T. Kirk, played by white actor William Shatner, the character rose to prominence. Another example of an interracial kiss on television was provided. Despite the series’ cancellation in 1969, she provided the voice of Uhura in Star Trek: The Animated Series.
Nichelle was one of four remaining cast members after Leonard Nimoy died in 2015, after co-starring in six Star Trek films.
Nichelle Nichols’s Career in the Entertainment Industry
Nichols made her stage debut in 1961 with the musical Kicks and Co., followed by a few more appearances. She was on the cover of Ebony magazine in 1967 and toured with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands.
Nichols made her television debut as a guest star in an episode of The Lieutenant on NBC. She appeared in movies like Doctor, Are You Kidding?, and Truck Turner.
The pioneering actress voiced roles in a range of television shows, including Futurama, Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, and others. She has also appeared in television shows such as Heroes and The Young and the Restless.
She had a successful singing career in addition to her television appearances. Her first two albums, Down to Earth and Out of This World, were highly received by fans, and she also starred in two Star Trek episodes.