Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Dell Nichols; on December 28, 1932

She was an  American actress, singer, and dancer best known for her portrayal of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek

From 1977 until 2015, Nichols volunteered her time to promote NASA's programs

In 1994, Nichols published her autobiography Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories. I

Nichols married twice, first to dancer Foster Johnson (1917–1981) and Duke Mondy, in 1968

In 1992, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her contribution to television.

Nichols received The Life Career Award, from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, in 2016, the first woman to receive it

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Nichols was awarded the Inkpot Award in 2018

Nichols died of heart failure in Silver City, New Mexico, on July 30, 2022, at the age of 89.