Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura in TV’s Star Trek, has suffered a stroke. “Last night while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” her agent Zach McGinnis wrote on Facebook. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”

Now 82, Ms. Nichols was originally hand picked by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to appear in the original 1960’s television series. Her casting as the communications officer on the bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise broke many racial barriers. Nichols was the first black woman to share a kiss with a white man on U. S. television in the episode Plato’s Stepchildren. Until then, roles for African-American actresses had typically limited to servile roles, playing housekeepers or maids.

In an updated post on Facebook, Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions LLC, an event planning firm, reported that Nichols was “awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations.”

According to McGinnis, the MRI shows that Nichelle Nichols has had a minor stroke. She will start therapy this morning to evaluate how much damage was done, and try to determine her chances for a full or partial recovery. The therapists will test her hand at writing and legs to see if she can stand and walk on her own. Last night Nichelle remained alert, and cheerful. When she was told about the love and support coming in from around the world she smiled and asked to see the posts on her Facebook page.

“Thank you again for all of your kind words,” said McGinnis. “Keep them coming because Nichelle is reading them.” and its staff also extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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