Nichelle Nichols Net Worth 2022 (Star Trek), Biography, Family & More

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols net worth was $10 million. She was a very famous American actress, singer and dancer better known for her role of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series, and its film sequels.

Nichelle Nichols Biography

Nichelle Nichols was brought into this world on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois, US. She had more than 32k followers on Instagram – nichellenicholsofficial.

From 1977 until 2015, Nichols chipped in her opportunity to advance NASA’s projects, and to enlist different space explorers, including ladies and ethnic minorities.

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Nichols passed on from cardiovascular breakdown in Silver City, New Mexico, on July 30, 2022, at 89 years old.

Personal Details

Real NameGrace Dell Nichols
Age89 years
Date of BirthDecember 28, 1932
BirthplaceRobbins, Illinois, US
ProfessionActress, Dancer, Singer
Zodiac SignCapricon


FatherSamuel Earl Nichols
MotherLishia Parks Nichols
SiblingsThomas Nichols, Marian Michaels
HusbandFoster Johnson (1917-1981)
Duke Mondy (div. 1972)
ChildrenKyle Johnson


SchoolYet To Update
UniversityEnglewood Technical Prep Academy

Physical Statistics

Height5’5 Feet
165 cm
1.65 m
Weight55 Kgs
121 Pounds
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBrown

Early life

Nichelle Nichols was conceived the third of six kids on December 28, 1932, in Robbins, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, to Samuel Earl Nichols, an assembly line laborer who was chosen both town city hall leader of Robbins in 1929 and its main justice, and his significant other, Lishia (Parks) Nichols, a homemaker. Later, the family moved into a loft in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago. Nichols went to Englewood High School, from where she graduated in 1951. Nichols additionally concentrated on in New York City and Los Angeles.

Personal Life

In Nichelle Nichols’s collection of memoirs, Nichols composed that she was sincerely engaged with Star Trek maker Gene Roddenberry for a couple of years during the 1960s. She said the undertaking finished well before Star Trek started, when she understood Roddenberry was additionally engaged with her colleague Majel Hudec (known as Majel Barrett). Hudec proceeded to wed Gene Roddenberry and play a normal supporting part as medical caretaker Christine Chapel on Star Trek.

At the point when Roddenberry’s wellbeing was blurring, Nichols co-composed a melody for him, named “Quality”, which she sang at his funeral.

Nichelle Nichols wedded two times, first to artist Foster Johnson (1917-1981). They were hitched in 1951 and separated from that very year. Johnson and Nichols had one kid together, Kyle Johnson, who was conceived August 14, 1951. She wedded for the subsequent time, to Duke Mondy, in 1968. They were separated in 1972.

Nichols’ more youthful sibling, Thomas, was an individual from the Heaven’s Gate clique. He kicked the bucket on March 26, 1997, in the clique’s mass self destruction that deliberately concurred with the death of Comet Hale-Bopp. A part for a very long time, he habitually distinguished himself as Nichelle’s sibling in special materials delivered by the cult.

On February 29, 2012, Nichelle Nichols met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. She later tweeted about the gathering, “Months prior, [President] Obama was cited as saying that he’d really liked me when he was more youthful,” Nichols additionally composed. “I got some information about that and he gladly affirmed it! President Obama likewise affirmed for me that he was most certainly a Trekker! How superb is that?!”

Nichelle Nichols was a deep rooted Democrat and a rehearsing Presbyterian.


Nichelle Nichols’ break arrived in an appearance in Kicks and Co., Oscar Brown’s profoundly promoted yet disastrous 1961 musical. In a not at all subtle parody of Playboy magazine, she played Hazel Sharpe, a shapely grounds sovereign who was being enticed by Satan and Orgy Magazine to turn into “Blow out Maiden of the Month”. Albeit the play shut after a short spat Chicago, Nichols pulled in the consideration of Hugh Hefner, the distributer of Playboy, who booked her for his Chicago Playboy Club. She likewise showed up in the job of Carmen for a Chicago stock organization creation of Carmen Jones and acted in a New York creation of Porgy and Bess. Among acting and singing commitment, Nichols did intermittent displaying work.

In January 1967, Nichols likewise was highlighted on the front of Ebony magazine, and had two element articles in the distribution in five years. Nichols visited the United States, Canada, and Europe as a vocalist with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands. On the West Coast, she showed up in The Roar of the Greasepaint and For My People and she collected high recognition for her exhibition in the James Baldwin play Blues for Mister Charlie. Preceding being given a role as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek, Nichols was a visitor entertainer on TV maker Gene Roddenberry’s most memorable series The Lieutenant (1964) in an episode, “To Set It Right”, which managed racial bias.

On Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols was one of the main Black ladies highlighted in a significant TV series. Her conspicuous supporting job as a scaffold official was unprecedented. Nichols was once enticed to leave the series; notwithstanding, a discussion with Martin Luther King Jr. altered her perspective. Towards the finish of the primary season, Nichols was offered the chance to play a job on Broadway. She favored the stage to the TV studio, so she chose to play the job. Nichols went to Roddenberry’s office, let him know that she intended to leave, and gave him her abdication letter. Roddenberry attempted to persuade Nichols to remain however without any result, so he advised her to go home for the end of the week and on the off chance that she actually felt that she ought to leave, he would give her his approval. That weekend, Nichols went to a dinner that was being controlled by the NAACP, where she was educated that a fan truly needed to meet her.

I thought it was a Trekkie, thus I said, ‘Sure.’ I looked across the room and whoever the fan was needed to stand by on the grounds that there was Dr. Martin Luther King strolling towards me with this huge smile all over. He contacted me and said, ‘OK, Ms. Nichols, I am your most prominent fan.’ He said that Star Trek was the main show that he, and his significant other Coretta, would permit their three young kids to keep awake and watch. [She enlightened King regarding her arrangements to leave the series since she needed to play a job that was attached to Broadway.] I never got to explain to him why, since he said, ‘you can’t, you cannot…for the initial time on TV, we will be viewed as we ought to be seen consistently, as keen, quality, wonderful, individuals who can sing dance, and can go to space, who are teachers, legal counselors.” Dr. Ruler Jr went further expressing “Assuming that you leave, that entryway can be shut in light of the fact that your job is certainly not a dark job, and is definitely not a female job; he can fill it with anyone even an outsider.”

Lord by and by urged Nichelle Nichols to remain on the series, saying she “was unable to surrender” since she was assuming a crucial part model for Black kids and young ladies the nation over, as well with respect to different kids who might see Black individuals showing up as equivalents, venturing to such an extreme as to well contrast her work on the series with the walks of the continuous social liberties movement. This reaction by King left Nichols puzzled, permitting her to acknowledge how essential to the social equality development her job was, and the following day she returned to Roddenberry’s office to let him know that she would remain. At the point when she let Roddenberry know what King had said, tears came to his eyes. Nichols asked Roddenberry for her job back and Roddenberry took out her renunciation letter, which he had previously torn up. Former NASA space traveler Mae Jemison plays refered to Nichols’ part of Lieutenant Uhura as her motivation for needing to turn into a space traveler and Whoopi Goldberg has likewise discussed Nichols’ influence. Goldberg requested a job on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the person Guinan was uncommonly made, while Jemison showed up on an episode of the series.

In her job as Lieutenant Uhura, Nichelle Nichols kissed white entertainer William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in the November 22, 1968, Star Trek episode “Plato’s Stepchildren”. The episode is refered to as the primary illustration of an interracial kiss on U.S. TV, albeit a few prior models exist. The Shatner/Nichols kiss was viewed as pivotal, despite the fact that it was depicted as having been constrained by outsider supernatural power. There was a few recognition and basically no dispute. In her personal history Beyond Uhura, Star Trek and Other Memories, Nichelle Nichols refered to a letter from a white Southerner who expressed, “I’m completely against the blending of the races. Nonetheless, any time a red-blooded American kid like Captain Kirk gets a wonderful lady in his arms that seems to be Uhura, he won’t battle it.” During the Comedy Central Roast of Shatner on August 20, 2006, Nichols playfully alluded to the kiss and said, “what do you say, we should make somewhat more TV history … also, kiss my dark ass!”

Regardless of the retraction of the series in 1969, Star Trek lived on in alternate ways, and kept on having an impact in Nichols’ life. She again gave the voice of Uhura in Star Trek: The Animated Series; in one episode, “The Lorelei Signal”, Uhura accepts order of the Enterprise. Nichols noted in her collection of memoirs her dissatisfaction that this never occurred on the first series. Nichols co-featured in six Star Trek films, the last one being Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Following the passing of Leonard Nimoy in 2015, and until her own demise in July 2022, Nichols was one of four enduring cast individuals, the others being William Shatner, George Takei, and Walter Koenig.

In 1994, Nichelle Nichols distributed her collection of memoirs Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories. In it, she asserted that the job of Peggy Fair in the TV series Mannix was proposed to her during the last time of Star Trek, yet maker Gene Roddenberry wouldn’t let her out of her agreement. Between the finish of the first series and the Star Trek vivified series and element films, Nichols showed up in little TV and film jobs. She momentarily showed up as a secretary in Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding! (1967), and depicted Dorienda, an obscene lady in Truck Turner (1974) inverse Isaac Hayes, her main appearance in a blaxploitation film.

Nichelle Nichols showed up in vivified structure as one of Al Gore’s Vice Presidential Action Rangers in the “Collection of Interest I” episode of Futurama, and she gave the voice of her own head in a glass container in the episode “Where No Fan Has Gone Before”.She voiced the repetitive job of Elisa Maza’s mom Diane Maza in the energized series Gargoyles, and played Thoth-Kopeira in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series. In 2004, she gave the voice to herself in The Simpsons episode “Straightforward Simpson”. In the satire film Snow Dogs (2002), Nichelle Nichols showed up as the mother of the male lead, played by Cuba Gooding Jr. In 2006, she showed up as the title character in the film Lady Magdalene’s, the lady of a lawful Nevada massage parlor in charge default. She likewise filled in as chief maker and choreographer, and sang three melodies in the film, two of which she created. She was two times designated for the Chicago dramatic Sarah Siddons Award for Best Actress. The principal designation was for her depiction of Hazel Sharpe in Kicks and Co.; the second for her presentation in The Blacks.

Nichelle Nichols assumed a common part on the second time of the NBC show Heroes. Her most memorable appearance was on the episode “Fellow”, which broadcasted October 8, 2007. She depicted Nana Dawson, the matron of a New Orleans family monetarily and by and by crushed by Hurricane Katrina, who really focuses on her stranded grandkids and her extraordinary nephew, series ordinary Micah Sanders. In 2008, Nichelle Nichols featured in the film The Torturer, assuming the part of a specialist. In 2009, she joined the cast of The Cabonauts, a science fiction melodic satire that appeared on DailyMotion. Playing CJ, the CEO of the Cabonauts Inc, Nichelle Nichols is likewise highlighted singing and dancing. On August 30, 2016, she was presented as the maturing mother of Neil Winters on the well established drama The Young and the Restless. She accepted her most memorable Daytime Emmy designation in the “Exceptional Guest Performer in a Drama Series” class for this job March 22, 2017.

Nichelle Nichols delivered two music collections. Sensible is an assortment of norms delivered in 1967, during the first run of Star Trek. Out of This World, delivered in 1991, is more stone situated and is themed around Star Trek and space exploration.

As Uhura, Nichols sang tunes on the Star Trek episodes “Charlie X” and “The Conscience of the King”.


After the retraction of Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols chipped in her time in an exceptional venture with NASA to enroll minority and female faculty for the space agency. She started this work by making a connection among NASA and an organization which she assisted with running, Women in Motion.

The program was a triumph. Among those enlisted were Dr. Sally Ride, the main American female space explorer, and United States Air Force Colonel Guion Bluford, the primary African-American space explorer, as well as Dr. Judith Resnik and Dr. Ronald McNair, who both flew fruitful missions during the Space Shuttle program before their demises in the Space Shuttle Challenger debacle on January 28, 1986. Enrolls additionally included Charles Bolden, the previous NASA overseer and veteran of four transport missions, Frederick D. Gregory, previous delegate director and a veteran of three transport missions and Lori Garver, previous representative executive. An energetic backer of room investigation, Nichols served from the mid-1980s on the leading group of legislative heads of the National Space Institute (the present National Space Society), a charity, instructive space support organization.

In late 2015, Nichelle Nichols flew on board NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Boeing 747SP, which broke down the climates of Mars and Saturn on an eight hour, high-height mission. She was likewise an extraordinary visitor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, on July 17, 1976, to see the Viking 1 delicate arriving on Mars. Alongside the other cast individuals from the first Star Trek series, she went to the dedicating of the primary space transport, Enterprise, at the North American Rockwell gathering office in Palmdale, California. On July 14, 2010, she visited the space transport test system and Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center.

Nichols’ work with NASA is given critical concentration in the narrative Woman in Motion about her life.


In 1982, Robert A. Heinlein devoted his original Friday to her. Asteroid 68410 Nichols is named in her honor.

In 1992, she was granted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for her commitment to TV. In 1999, Nichols was granted a Goldene Kamera for Kultstar des Jahrhunderts (Cult Star of the Century). 2010, Nichols got a privileged degree from Los Angeles Mission College. Nichols got The Life Career Award, from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, in 2016, the primary lady to get it. The honor was introduced as a component of the 42nd Saturn Awards service. Nichols was granted the Inkpot Award in 2018.

Nichols was a privileged individual from Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


In June 2015, Nichols experienced a gentle stroke at her Los Angeles home and was owned up to a Los Angeles-region hospital. An attractive reverberation imaging examine affirmed a little stroke had happened, and she started long term treatment. In mid 2018, Nichelle Nichols was determined to have dementia, and in this manner reported her retirement from show appearances.

Following a legitimate disagreement regarding the activities of her director turned-guardian Gilbert Bell, her child Kyle Johnson petitioned for conservatorship in 2018. Under the watchful eye of a court conceded his request in January 2019, Nichols’ companion Angelique Fawcette, who had previously communicated worry in 2017 over Bell’s control of admittance to her, squeezed for appearance freedoms, including by contradicting Johnson’s appeal. That question and a 2019 legal dispute by Bell over being ousted from the guesthouse on Nichelle Nichols’ property were both progressing as of August 2021.

Nichelle Nichols passed on from cardiovascular breakdown in Silver City, New Mexico, on July 30, 2022, at 89 years old.


  • American entertainer Nichelle Nichelle Nichols, most popular for playing Lieutenant Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, passed on at age 89, her family said on July 31.
  • Nichelle Nichols, “surrendered to regular causes and died” on Saturday night, her child, Kyle Johnson, composed on Facebook.
  • Insight about her demise was welcomed by bitterness by the people who hailed her part in breaking obstructions and rethinking jobs for Black entertainers.
  • William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the series and with whom she shared one of TV’s most memorable interracial kisses, said she “accomplished such a great deal for rethinking social issues both here in the US and all through the world.”
  • Another Star Trek co-star George Takei called Nichelle Nichols a pioneer and said he would have more to say regarding her before long.
  • “For now, my heart is weighty, my eyes sparkling like the stars you currently rest among, my closest companion,” he composed on Twitter.
  • She had intended to stop Star Trek after one season, however Martin Luther King Jr. persuaded her to remain on the grounds that it was so progressive to have a Black lady playing a significant senior group part when Black individuals were battling for fairness in American culture.
  • She proceeded to highlight in the initial six Star Trek motion pictures following the series’ end in 1969.
  • Nichols likewise assisted break with shading hindrances at NASA, whose pioneers were Star Trek fans.
  • After she scrutinized the space organization for neglecting to pick qualified ladies and minorities as space explorers, it employed Nichelle Nichols during the 1970s to help in enrolling.
  • On Sunday, the office said she “motivated ages to try to achieve the impossible.”
  • Among them was space traveler Mae Jemison, who turned into the main Black lady in space when she flew on board the van Endeavor in 1992.
  • In a meeting before her flight, Jemison said she watched Nichelle Nichols on Star Trek constantly, adding she adored the show. Jemison ultimately got to meet Nichols.
  • Nichelle Nichols was an ordinary at Star Trek shows and occasions into her 80s, however her timetable became restricted beginning in 2018 when her child declared that she was experiencing progressed dementia.
  • “She accounted for so many of us. She was the update that in addition to the fact that we reach can the stars, yet our impact is crucial for their endurance. Disregard shaking the table, she fabricated it,” Celia Rose Gooding, who right now plays Uhura on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, composed on Twitter.
  • “Star Trek: Discovery” entertainer Wilson Cruz posted, “Before we comprehended the amount #RepresentationMatters #NichelleNichols demonstrated it for us. With her actual presence and her beauty she focused a light on who we as minorities are and motivated us to go after our true capacity.”
  • Its an opinion shared by the legislator Stacey Abrams who posted a photo of her and Nichelle Nichols and said the dauntlessness of the entertainer lit the way for some.
  • Alex Kurtzman, the leader maker responsible for the continuous Star Trek series said, “I can’t let you know the number of individuals that have let me know she’s the explanation they turned into a space explorer, a researcher, an essayist, a language specialist, a designer, it continues forever… Thank you, dear Nichelle, for driving the way.”