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Hollywood tweets pay tribute to ‘Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols

Everyone from William Shatner to NASA is sharing love for the former Lt Uhura

Phil de Semlyen
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Phil de Semlyen

Nichelle Nichols, who has died aged 89, was a pioneer and a TV legend. Her depiction of Star Trek’s Lt Nyota Uhura helped break down barriers and show several generations of young Americans a different way forward in a country often riven by racism and racial conflict. As US President Joe Biden put it: ‘Our nation has lost a trailblazer of stage and screen who redefined what is possible for Black Americans and women”.

Needless to say, her death has been met with an outpouring of dedications, tributes and fond memories on social media. Former collaborators, Trekkers, Hollywood colleagues, friends and family have all shared their love for Nichols – and the USS Enterprise’s iconic comms officer, Lt Uhura – on Twitter. 

Here are just a few of those tweets:

Former USS Enterprise shipmate George Takei

William Shatner, Captain Kirk from Star Trek

Adam Nimoy, son of Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy

Star Trek: Voyager’s Robert Picardo

Brent Spiner, aka Data from Star Trek: First Contact

LeVar Burton from Star Trek: The Next Generation

The official Star Trek account 

The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, where the red Starfleet uniform worn by Nichols is on display


Widows and The Help star Viola Davis

Lynda Carter, aka Wonder Woman

Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander

Euphoria’s Colman Domingo


Nichelle Nichols, 1932-2022.

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