Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:52:35 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Star Trek actors: where are they now?

Nichelle Nichols



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Then: Nichols played Lieutenant Nyota Uhura, the Enterprise's communications officer, in the original series and films. She and William Shatner shared what is widely thought to have been the first inter-racial kiss on American television.

Where is she now? Nichols has done little high-profile acting outside of Star Trek - the notable exception being a recurring role in Heroes, like her fellow Trek trailblazer George Takei. However, her post-Trek work has  had a far more profound effect on many people; she worked with NASA in the 1970s and 1980s to recruit more women and ethnic minority personnel, with great success. Colonel Guion Bluford, the first African-American in space, and Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, were both recruited through Nichols' scheme - as was current NASA director Charlie Bolden. So, she helped people go into space, which is a pretty good legacy by any standards.

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