George Takei, JJ Abrams and more pay tribute to late ‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols


George Takei and JJ Abrams paid tribute to the late “Star Trek” actress Nichelle Nichols, who died on Saturday at the age of 89.

Nichols had previously played Enterprise crew member Nyota Uhura on the series and in several “Trek” movies.

“I will have more to say about the pioneering and incomparable Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant Uhura of the USS Enterprise,” Takei wrote on social media. “For today, my heart is heavy, my eyes shine like the stars among which you now rest, my dear friend.”

Abrams, who directed 2009’s “Star Trek” remake and 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness,” called Nichols “a remarkable woman in an extraordinary role.”

“An extraordinary woman in an extraordinary role. Nichelle, we will miss you dearly. Sending lots of love and respect,” she wrote on Twitter.

“Star Trek” star William Shatner also paid tribute, writing, “She was a beautiful woman and played an admirable character who did much to redefine social issues both here in the US and around the world.”

Georgia politician and “Trek” fan Stacey Abrams posted a photo of herself with Nichols and captioned it: “One of my most treasured photos – good luck to Nichelle Nichols, champion, warrior and tremendous actress. Her kindness and bravery lit the way for many. May she dwell forever among the stars.”

Actor Colman Domingo wrote: “Nichelle Nichols told us we belonged in outer space. We are unlimited. The heavens have won an Uhura today.”

NASA’s official Twitter account posted a tribute that read: “We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actress, trailblazer, and role model, who symbolized for so many what was possible. She partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and minority astronauts and inspired generations to reach for the stars.”

Jason Alexander wrote: “My love for the original Star Trek runs deep. Nichelle Nichols was a pioneer and a glorious ambassador for her program, her role, and her science throughout her life. She and she a truly lovely person. May she have a wonderful adventure to the last frontier.”

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