Nichols has played Enterprise crew member Nyota Oora in the series and several Trek films.
“I’ll have more to say about the incomparable pioneer Nichelle Nichols, who shared the bridge with us as Lieutenant Oura of the USS Enterprise,” Takei wrote on social media. “Today, my heart is heavy, and my eyes shine like the stars that now lie among you, my dearest friend.”
Abrams, who directed the 2009 reboot “Star Trek” and 2013’s “Star Trek Into Darkness”, described Nichols as “a wonderful woman in a fantastic role.”
“A wonderful woman playing an amazing role. Nichelle, we will miss you so badly. Sending so much love and respect,” he wrote on Twitter.
Star Trek star William Shatner also praised her for writing, “She was a beautiful woman who played a wonderful character who did so much to redefine social issues here in the United States and around the world.”
Georgian politician and “Trek” cheerleader Stacey Abrams posted a photo of her with Nichols, captioning, “One of my most treasured photos – good luck to Nichelle Nichols, the wonderful heroine, warrior and actress. Her kindness and bravery lighted the way for many. May she dwell forever among the stars.”
Actor Coleman Domingo wrote, “Nichelle Nichols told us we belong in outer space. We are limitless. Today’s heavens have acquired aura.”
The official NASA Twitter account posted a salute that read: “We celebrate the life of Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek actress, pioneer, and role model, who symbolized so much that was possible. She has partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and a minority of astronauts, and has inspired generations. to reach for the stars.
Jason Alexander wrote, “My love for the original Star Trek is deep. Nichelle Nichols has been a glorified lead and ambassador for her show, role, and teaching throughout her life. And a really beautiful character. I hope you have a wonderful adventure to the final frontier.”
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