Trailblazer was a word used by many to mourn the passing of actor Nichelle Nichols, died Saturday at the age of 89. Nichols broke down barriers for black women in Hollywood when she starred as communications officer Lt. Uhura in the original “Star Trek” television series, and paved the way not only for future actors in color television, but also to astronauts. Tributes from other actors poured in on social media on Sunday. His “Star Trek” co-star George Takei said he would soon have more to say but his heart was heavy. Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura in the current ‘Star Trek,’ wrote, “She made room for so many of us.
“I am truly sorry to hear of Nichelle’s passing. She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did so much to redefine social issues here in the United States and around the world. I will definitely miss her. I send my love and condolences to his family. “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner via Twitter.
“A remarkable woman in a remarkable role. Nichelle, you will be greatly missed. Sending 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 will have more to say about the pioneering and incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the deck with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise, and who passed away today at age 89. For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shine like the stars among which you now rest, my dear friend. George Takei, Nichols’ “Star Trek” co-star who played Sulu, on Twitter.
“She made room for a lot of us. She was a reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but that our influence is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table, she built it. — Celia Rose Gooding, who plays Uhura in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” on Twitter.
“Nichelle Nichols was the first. She was a pioneer who walked a very difficult path with courage, grace, and a beautiful fire that we are unlikely to see again. May she rest in peace.” — “Star Trek: Voyager” cast member Kate Mulgrew on Twitter.
“Before understanding how #RepresentationMatters #NichelleNichols shaped it for us. With her presence and her grace, she shone a light on who we are as people of color and inspired us to reach our potential. Rest well sparkling diamond in the sky. —Wilson Cruz, “Star Trek: Discovery” actor, on Twitter.
“Our nation is forever indebted to inspiring artists like Nichelle Nichols, who show us a future where unity, dignity and respect are the cornerstones of every society.” – President Joe Biden, statement from the White House.
“Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of black women and paved the way for a brighter future for all women in media. Thank you Nichelle. You we will miss you.” — ‘Wonder Woman’ star Lynda Carter on Twitter.
“Godspeed to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and formidable actress. His kindness and bravery lit the way for many. May she dwell forever among the stars.” – Stacey Abrams, politician, on Twitter.
“Nichelle Nichols told us we belong in outer space. We are limitless. The heavens gained a Uhura today. — Colman Domingo, actor, on Twitter.
“My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nichelle Nichols has been a pioneer and glorious ambassador for her show, her role and her science all her life. And a truly lovely person. at the final frontier. — Jason Alexander, actor, on Twitter.
“Nichelle was a singular inspiration. It was she who really opened my eyes to what “Star Trek” is and can be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me she was the reason they became…an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer…it just goes on and on. We stand in his light and honor him today and every day. Thank you, dear Nichelle, for leading the way. — Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer in charge of the Star Trek universe, via Twitter.
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