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Nichelle Nichols

28 December 1932 to 30 July 2022

An American actress, who will be remembered for her trailblazing role as Lt Uhura in the Star Trek franchise. Nichols had made a few appearances on US television before she joined the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-1969) at the start of its run, portraying the character in 69 episodes of the show and six of its films (1979-1991), plus voicing the character in The Animated Series (1973-1974). Notably, she was the first Black actress to share an interracial lip-to-lip kiss on television in the episode ‘Plato’s Stepchildren’ (1968). More recent roles included Heroes (2007) and The Young and the Reckless (2016).

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