George Takei, Stacey Abrams, More Pay Tribute – The Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood mourns the death of Nichelle Nichols, who made history for her portrayal of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura on star trek.

Nichols died Saturday of natural causes at the age of 89, her son, Kyle Johnson, announced on Facebook.

“Its light however, like the ancient galaxies seen now for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn and be inspired by,” he wrote on Sunday. “His was a life well lived and as such a role model for all of us.”

Among those paying tribute to Nichols was President Joe Biden, who hailed her as a “stage and screen trailblazer who redefined what is possible for black Americans and women.” His statement continued about him star trek role, “With defining dignity and authority, she helped tell a central story that reimagined scientific pursuits and discoveries. And she carried on that legacy by continuing to work with NASA to empower generations of Americans from all walks of life to reach for the stars and beyond.

Also remembering that Nichols was the team behind woman in motion, a 2021 documentary film highlighting his efforts to help recruit people of color to work for NASA. “Nichelle, we will be forever grateful for the opportunity to tell your story and share it with the world,” director and producer Todd Thompson said in a statement. “You have entertained us, you have inspired us, you have shown all of humanity how easy it can be to love and respect each other, to live long and to thrive.”

Additionally, many in Hollywood have taken to social media to express their condolences, including her star trek co-starring George Takei. Read on to see their tributes to the actress.

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