George Takei, JJ Abrams and others pay tribute to the late Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols

George Takei, JJ Abrams and others pay tribute to the late Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols


George Takei and JJ Abrams paid tribute to the late “Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols, who died Saturday at the age of 89.

Nichols has played Enterprise crew member Nyota Uhura in the series and several Trek films.

“I’ll have more to say about the incomparable pioneer Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise,” Takei wrote on social media. “Today, my heart is heavy, and my eyes shine like the stars that now rest among you, my dearest friend.”

Abrams, who directed the reboots of 2009’s “Star Trek” and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness, described Nichols as “a wonderful woman in a fantastic role.”

“A wonderful woman in a wonderful role. Nichelle, we will miss you greatly. Sending lots of love and respect,” he wrote on Twitter.

As praised by “Star Trek” star William Shatner, writing, “She was a beautiful woman and played a wonderful character who did so much to redefine social issues here in the United States and around the world.”

Georgian politician and “Trek” cheerleader Stacey Abrams posted a picture of her with Nichols, captioning, “One of my most cherished photos—the best of luck to Nichelle Nichols, the wonderful hero, warrior, and actor. Her kindness and bravery lighted the way for many. May she dwell forever among the stars.”

Actor Coleman Domingo wrote, “Nichelle Nichols told us we belong in outer space. We are limitless. Today’s heavens have acquired Ahura.”

The official NASA Twitter account posted a tribute, saying: “We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actress, pioneer, and role model, who symbolized so much that was possible. She has partnered with us to hire some of the first women and minority astronauts, and has inspired generations. to reach for the stars.

Jason Alexander wrote, “My deepest love for the original Star Trek show. Nichelle Nichols has been a glorified pioneer and ambassador for her show, role, and science her whole life. And a truly beautiful person. I hope you have a wonderful adventure to the ultimate frontier.”

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