I think many people know the iconic American science fiction media franchise called “Startrek” created by Gene Roddenberry, which began with the 1960s television series of the same name and quickly became a global pop culture phenomenon.
And today, fans and admirers are in mourning: the actress Nichelle Nichols, who gave us the image of the wonderful Lieutenant Nyota Uhura of the starship Enterprise in the original 1960s Star Trek series, has died.
The real name of the actress is Grace Dell Nichols, she was born in 1932 in Illinois. She started out as a dancer and actress in musicals and also worked for Playboy magazine. But it was the role of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek that made her famous.
At the same time, the dark-skinned Nichols got the role of a servant, which was uncharacteristic for American cinema of that time.