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Nichelle Nichols inspired Whoopi Goldberg to audition for Star Trek, she tells CNN Money

By FactsWow Team

Posted on: 03 Aug, 2022

A star in 'Star Trek' was inspired by Nichelle Nichols. In her eulogy, the comic, 66, said her late friend, who played lieutenant Nyota Uhura on the starship's bridge, showed her that black people could make it.

During Monday's episode of The View, Whoopi said: Nichelle Nichols was a trailblazer, a heroine, and an extraordinary woman - someone who inspired millions of people, but who also inspired me because I explained when I got my Star Trek job that Nichelle was the first black person I'd ever seen succeed.

'She was in charge of communications. There was one beacon that said, 'Yes, we will be there,' and that was this show and this woman.

“I found that to be an incredibly amazing experience. Other women were inspired by her to go into space. Her presence over the years was extraordinary and I was fortunate to spend time with her.

As for Whoopi's subsequent role-playing Guinan on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ Nichelle recalls in 2018 when the comedian's agent contacted Gene Roddenberry to ask if she could join.

According to Nichelle, Gene told her this. According to Whoopi, Nichelle Nichols is to blame for everything.

In her own words: 'Well, when she first appeared on screen, I was nine years old. In my opinion, she was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen on television or anywhere else. The fact that she was black and playing in the future convinced me that we had a future together.'

It was among the first portrayals of a black woman in a military-style command role in any form when Nichelle was cast on the show in 1966. As a result, Nichelle and Admiral James T Kirk actor William Shatner had one of the first interracial kisses on television.

Her son Kyle Johnson confirmed on Sunday (31.07.22) that she passed away on Saturday (30.07.22) due to natural causes: 'Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, passed away due to natural causes.

“We and future generations will be able to learn from and draw inspiration from her light, just as we will be able to witness ancient galaxies for the first time.'

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