What Was The Net Worth of Nichelle Nichols at The Time of Death?

Nichelle Nichols, the trailblazer actress who portrayed the iconic role of Lt. Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek franchise is no more. She died at the age of 89 owing to natural causes. The actress died on Saturday night, July 30, in Silver City, New Mexico, US. The actress is survived by her son, Kyle Johnson.

Kyle confirmed the death, posting it on the official uhura.com website. He wrote, “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away. I regret to inform you that a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years. Her light, however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.”

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Nichelle Nichols’ Works

Nichelle Nichols is best known for playing Uhura in 1960s sci-fi movies, Star Trek and its sequels. Apart from that she portrayed Sgt. Leona Hawkins in the Supernaturals. Nichelle was the first black woman known to portray such strong characters on television. She was a torchbearer who paved the path for other African-American women.

Nichelle Nichols
(Credit: Desilu Productions/Paramount Television)

Nichelle Nichols’ net worth during her death

Nichols’ was an actress, singer, dancer, and an author. She acted in over 30+ movies and several TV shows. Most of her accumulated wealth comes from her acting career and promotional stint in NASA. Her net worth is estimated to be around $500,000. She purchased a house in Woodland Hills, California for $110,000 in 1983. Her son Kyle later sold the house for $2.2 million to the Baron Construction & Remodeling Company.

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She broke the glass ceilings with her powerful performance at a time when Black actors more often were cast as servants or criminals. Once Nichelle wanted to leave the Star Trek series for a role in Broadway. Then, “her biggest fan” Martin Luther King Jr. himself, stopped her from doing so. He said, “You cannot. The first time on television, we will be seen as we should be seen every day, as intelligent, quality, beautiful, people who can sing, dance, and can go to space, who are professors, lawyers.”

Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols (CREDIT: JASON MERRITT/FILMMAGIC)

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Nichols’ works for NASA

Other than acting Nichelle also worked for NASA during 1997-2015. She appeared in a promotional film, aimed at recruiting “women and people of color to apply to be astronauts.” According to NASA, she helped in recruiting Guy Bluford, the first Black American in space, and Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson paid his tribute to Nichelle, saying, “Nichelle Nichols was a trailblazing actress, advocate, and dear friend to NASA. At a time when Black women were seldom seen on screen, Nichelle’s portrayal as Nyota Uhura on Star Trek held a mirror up to America that strengthened civil rights.”

Tributes for Nichelle

Her Star Trek co-star William Shatner paid tribute by winning, “I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Nichelle. She was a beautiful woman & played an admirable character that did so much for redefining social issues both here in the US & throughout the world. I will certainly miss her. Sending my love and condolences to her family. Bill.”

Actress Lynda Carter paid her tributes by saying, “Many actors become stars, but few stars can move a nation. Nichelle Nichols showed us the extraordinary power of Black women. She paved the way for a better future for all women in the media.”

Celia Rose Gooding wrote on Twitter, “She made room for so many of us. She was the reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but our influence is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table, she built it.” She currently plays Uhura on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

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