Trailblazer was a word that was used by many to mourn the passing of actor Nickel Nichols, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 89. Nichols broke down barriers for black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the original “Star Trek” television series, paving the way not only for future television actors but astronauts as well. Tributes poured in from fellow artists on social media on Sunday. His “Star Trek” co-star George Takei says he will soon have more to say but he has a heavy heart. Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura in the current “Star Trek”, wrote that, “She made room for so many of us.
“I am deeply sorry to hear of Nickel’s passing. She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did so much to redefine social issues here in America and around the world. I will definitely miss her.” Sending my love and condolences to his family.” , William Shatner, ‘Star Trek’ co-star, via Twitter.
“A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nickel, you will be greatly missed. Sending you lots of love and respect.” – JJ Abrams, who directed the 2009 “Star Trek” reboot and its 2013 follow-up “Star Trek Into Darkness” on Twitter.
“I must say more about the trailblazing, incomparable Nickel Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed away today at the age of 89. For today, my heart is heavy, My eyes are shining with the stars in which you now rest, my dear friend.” , George Takei, Nichols’ “Star Trek” co-star who played Sulu on Twitter.
“He made room for a lot of us. She used to remind us that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is necessary for their existence. Forget moving the table, he made it. , Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura on “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” on Twitter.
“Nickel Nichols was the first. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with patience, grace and a grand fire that we are unlikely to see again. May she rest in peace.” —Kate Mulgrew, “Star Trek: Voyager” cast member, on Twitter.
“It was before we realized how much #RepresentationMatters #NichelleNichols modeled it for us. With her presence and her grace, she shed light on who we are as people of color and inspired us to reach our potential. Rest well the diamond shining in the sky.” — Wilson Cruz, “Star Trek: Discovery” actor, on Twitter.
“Many actors become stars, but few stars can take a nation forward. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of black women and paved the way for a better future for all women in the media. Thanks, Nickel. we will miss you.” —Linda Carter, “Wonder Woman” star on Twitter.
“Godspeed to Nickel Nichols, champion, warrior and tremendous actor. His kindness and bravery paved the way for many. He has always been among the stars.” , Stacey Abrams, politician, on Twitter.
“Nickel Nichols told us we were in outer space. We are boundless. Heaven has attained a Uhura today.” — Coleman Domingo, actor, on Twitter,
“My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nickel Nichols was a ground-breaker and a brilliant ambassador for his show, his role and science throughout his life. And a truly lovely person. Maybe he has the last Have an amazing adventure to the limit.” — Jason Alexander, actor, on Twitter,
“Nickel was a singular inspiration. He’s the one that really opened my eyes to what ‘Star Trek’ is and could be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me that it’s the reason they were made.” .. an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer… it goes on. We stand in his light and honor him today and every day. Thank you, dear Nickel, leading the way to do.” , Alex Kurtzman, executive producer in charge of the Star Trek Universe, via Twitter.
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