Nichelle Nichols, actress and singer died on July 30 at the age of 89. Gilbert Bell, her talent manager and business partner, broke the news to her. Meanwhile, Kyle Johnson, Nichelle’s son, paid tribute to his mum on the website Uhura.com, writing:
“I am sorry to tell you that the glorious light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years.” Its brilliance, like 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 rose to fame as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series and its successors. She also promoted NASA’s astronaut recruitment initiatives from 1997 to 2015. CelebrityNetWorth estimated Nichols’ net worth at $500,000 as of August 2023. She made the best use of the 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 Baron Construction & Remodeling Co. for 2.2 million dollars.
She was a longtime member of the Star Trek series and one of the first black women to appear on the famous TV program. Former NASA astronaut Mae Jemison credits Nichelle’s performance as Lt. Uhura with inspiring her to pursue a career in space. The character became famous after kissing Captain James T. Kirk, played by white actor William Shatner. Another example of an interracial kiss broadcast on television was given. Despite the fact that the series ended in 1969, she voiced Uhura in Star Trek: The Animated Series. Nichelle starred in six Star Trek films and was one of four remaining cast members after Leonard Nimoy’s death 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 better future for all women in media. Thank you, Nichelle. We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/KhUf4YM6pX
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) July 31, 2022
Nichelle Nichols’ career in entertainment
Nichelle Nichols began her theater career in 1961 with the musical Kicks and Co., which was followed by several more performances. In 1967, she appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine and toured with the orchestras of Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Nichols made her television debut as a guest star on an episode of NBC’s The Lieutenant. She starred in movies like Doctor Are You Kidding Me? and Truck Turner.
In addition to Futurama, Gargoyles, Batman: The Animated Series, The Simpsons and others, the pioneering actress has provided voices in various television series. She also starred in other TV series such as Heroes and The Young and the Restless. In addition to television appearances, she has achieved a great musical career. Her first two albums, Down to Earth and Out of This World, were well received by audiences, and she appeared in two episodes of Star Trek.