Nichelle Nichols (1932-2022)

Hello everyone.

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.

I’m saddened to share the news that Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura in the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series, has passed away. I enjoyed her in the original ‘Star Trek’ series as well as the six ‘Star Trek’ films featuring the original series cast. My memories of her as Lt. Uhura are very happy ones. 🙂

Tim Bradley with Nichelle Nichols at ‘Destination Star Trek Birmingham’, NEC Birmingham, October 2018

I’m lucky to have had a photo with Nichelle Nichols at the ‘Destination Star Trek Birmingham’ convention back in October 2022. Uhura as a character has meant a lot to people, especially in terms of representing black people in an idyllic society. I know she’ll be greatly missed by all who knew her.

The first thing I think of with Nichelle Nicholas as Uhura is of her being at her communications desk aboard the bridge of the starship Enterprise and saying, “Hailing frequencies open, sir.” I know other actresses have followed in her footsteps, but no-one can portray Uhura better than Nichelle Nichols.

She comes across as a beautiful and talented lady in the original ‘Star Trek’ TV series and equally so in the ‘Star Trek’ movies. I enjoyed seeing her in ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’ when I revisited the film on the big screen back in November 2019. Nichelle owned Uhura’s character in ‘Star Trek’. 🙂

I’m pleased I’ve seen Nichelle Nichol in real-life as well as in the ‘Star Trek’ series and movies. She’s regarded as a ‘Star Trek’ icon in a similar vein to William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, and rightly so. I will always cherish the happy memories of Nichelle Nichols as Uhura. 🙂

Thanks Nichelle! Live long and prosper.

My prayers and thoughts go out to all of those who are the friends and family of Nichelle Nichols.

Check out the BBC News tribute to Nichelle Nichols – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-62373143

Thanks for reading, everyone.

Bye for now.

Tim

2 thoughts on “Nichelle Nichols (1932-2022)

  1. Timelord 007

    David Warner, Bernard Cribbins and now Nichelle Nichols this has been a very sad week for losing iconic actors in Sci Fi.

    A great actress & made the role her own.

    Star Trek Motion Picture getting a blu ray Directors Edition release on 5th September as well as Directors Cut of Star Trek VI.

    Both been pre ordered as previous releases were theatrical cuts.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi Simon,

      Yeah, it has been a sad week lately with the loss of David Warner, Bernard Cribbins and Nichelle Nichols. I’ve also seen Nichelle Nichols in ‘Snow Dogs’. I’ve greatly enjoyed her in ‘Star Trek’. Ah, new Blu-rays of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’ and ‘Star Trek VI’. That’s interesting. I know ‘The Motion Picture’ and ‘Star Trek II’ are getting re-releases at my local Showcase Cinema in Nantgarw. I might go and see those to commemorate Nichelle Nichols and everyone who’s been in ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’.

      Many thanks for your comments.

      Tim 🙂

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