- NAME: Nichelle Nichols
- OCCUPATION: Actress, Music Producer, Singer
- BIRTH DATE: December 28, 1932 (Age: 80)
- Did You Know?: As Uhura, Nichelle Nichols enacted television's first interracial kiss, with William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk on a 1968 episode of Star Trek entitled "Plato's Stepchildren."
- EDUCATION: Chicago Ballet Academy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Robbins, Illinois
- Originally: Grace Nichols
- Full Name: Nichelle Nichols
- ZODIAC SIGN: Capricorn
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Actress Nichelle Nichols is best known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Lieutenant Uhura on the original Star Trek television series.
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Building on her name recognition from Star Trek, in the late 1970s and 1980s Nichols participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's efforts to recruit women and minorities for the space shuttle program. She has written two science-fiction novels, Saturn's Child and Saturna's Quest. In 1994 she published the autobiography Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories.
Nichols's marriage to the dancer Foster Johnson in 1951 ended in divorce within a year; she and Johnson have a son named Kyle. She was wed to songwriter Duke Mondy from 1967 until their divorce in 1972.
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