George Takei, Stacey Abrams, More B Tribute - The Hollywood Reporter

George Takei, Stacey Abrams, More B Tribute – The Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood is mourning the death of Nichelle Nichols, who made history for her portrayal of communications officer Lieutenant Oora on Star Trek.

Nichols died Saturday of natural causes at the age of 89, her son Kyle Johnson posted on Facebook.

“Its light, like the ancient galaxies now seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, to learn and to be inspired,” he wrote on Sunday. “It’s been a good life, and therefore a role model for all of us.”

Among those who paid tribute to Nichols was President Joe Biden, who praised her and described her as “a theater and screen pioneer who redefined what was possible for black Americans and women.” He continued his statement about her Star Trek Role, “With definite dignity and authority, I helped tell a central story that reimagined scientific endeavors and discoveries. I continued that legacy by continuing to work with NASA to empower generations of Americans of every background to reach for the stars and beyond.”

Also remembering Nichols was behind the team woman in motion, a 2021 documentary film highlighting her efforts to help recruit people of color to work at NASA. “Nichelle, we will be forever grateful for the opportunity to tell your story and share it with the world,” director and producer Todd Thompson said in a statement. “You have entertained us, inspired us, and shown all mankind how easy it is to love and respect one another, to live long and to prosper.”

In addition, many in Hollywood have taken to social media to express their condolences, including her Star Trek Co-star George Takei. Read on to find out their appreciation for the actress.

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