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Nichelle Nichols (1932–2022)

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(eng) Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols. However, since there is another author called Grace Nichols the two author pages should not be combined.

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Allmänna fakta

Andra namn
Nichols, Grace Dell
Robbins, Illinois, USA
Silver City, New Mexico, USA
natural causes
Robbins, Illinois, USA
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA
Englewood High School, Chicago, Illinois, USA
voiceover artist
The Kwanzaa Foundation
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (honorary member)
National Space Society
Kort biografi
Actress Nichelle Nichols was born in Robbins, Illinois on December 29, 1936. She played Lieutenant Uhura the Communications Officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise in the original series, Star Trek. Nichols stayed with the show and has appeared in six Star Trek movies. Her portrayal of Uhura on Star Trek marked one of the first non-stereotypical roles assigned to an African-American actress. She also provided the voice for Lt. Uhura on the Star Trek animated series in 1974-75. Before joining the crew on Star Trek, she sang and danced with Duke Ellington's band. Nichols was always interested in space travel. She flew aboard the C-141 Astronomy Observatory, which analyzed the atmospheres of Mars and Saturn on an eight hour, high altitude mission. From the late 1970's until the late 1980's, NASA employed Nichelle Nichols to recruit new astronaut candidates. Many of her new recruits were women or members of racial and ethnic minorities, including Guion Bluford (the first African-American astronaut), Sally Ride (the first female American astronaut), Judith Resnik (one of the original set of female astronauts, who perished during the launch of the Challenger on January 28, 1986), and Ronald McNair (the second African-American astronaut, and another victim of the Challenger accident). Currently Nichelle Nichols is actively involved in movies and special appearances. She is also a spokesperson for her favorite charity, "The Kwanzaa Foundation." (NASA)
Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols. However, since there is another author called Grace Nichols the two author pages should not be combined.



Another solid biography from a Star Trek star.
zot79 | 3 andra recensioner | Aug 20, 2023 |
The story isn't quite as polished as the first book but it's quite good. There are also some editing errors but that's a rather minor thing. I just wish we had a third book :)
kburne1 | Aug 13, 2022 |
In Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories, Nichelle Nichols chronicles her life from her family’s history in the late nineteenth century through her own career following Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country in the 1990s. She describes her early work as a dancer and singer, how this led to performing on the stage and eventually television and film. From there, Nichols became a champion of NASA, helping to recruit astronauts for the space shuttle program through her Woman in Motion organization (this was later the subject of the documentary, Woman in Motion). Nichols’ account is revealing and personal, with humor and tragedy balancing each other. She never shies away from sensitive moments, but she does hold back when she feels it’s not for her to disclose details of stories involving others. Those who already admire Nichols will find more to affirm their admiration in this book and it also serves as a good introduction to her larger work beyond Star Trek. Finally, as nearly all of the original series cast have published memoirs, Nichols’ account works particularly well alongside them, especially as she refutes some of William Shatner’s claims near the end of Beyond Uhura. A must-read for any Trekker or those interested in twentieth century theatre.… (mer)
DarthDeverell | 3 andra recensioner | Aug 7, 2021 |
This was an overall adequate autobiography. I love Star Trek, but must admit that the first series is a bit too dated for me. I grew up with TNG, DS9 and Voyager and those are my true loves. However, I have always been interested in and root for women who go against the grain, and Nichelle Nichols is one of those women. Obviously not being alive at the time of TOS, it is hard for me to appreciate just how big of a deal it was to have a character like Uhura on a TV show, so maybe one of her greatest legacies is that I can watch a black woman character in the 23rd century and just think "cool, no big deal."

The memoir itself was, as I mentioned, adequate. There were a lot of people named Jimmy and Jim which I found confusing. One of her marriages was summed up in maybe two sentences. I was definitely more interested in the Star Trek aspect of the memoir and not the steamy personal life, so that was fine with me; it was a bit disorienting to be reading about Star Trek and then all of a sudden she mentions that she'd remarried. As far as the steamy personal life, there really isn't much of that in this book. Which is fine with me. To be honest, I found her writings about her work with NASA to be some of the more interesting content. I was hoping for her opinions about TNG but she didn't really discuss the Star Trek legacy after the three series and six movies that she starred in.

Recommended if you're a Star Trek fan. It gives a nice glimpse of what the world of shooting the show and movies looked like, and did give me a bit more insight onto how the show became what it is today.
… (mer)
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lemontwist | 3 andra recensioner | Jan 11, 2018 |

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