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Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols Hospitalised In LA After Stroke 40

WheezyJoe writes: The Register tells us that Nichelle Nichols, who played the lovely Lt. Uhura, communications officer of the original starship Enterprise (original series and animated series), has been hospitalized after a mild stroke. She is reported to have undergone a CAT scan and MRI, and was awake and eating as of Thursday evening. Nichols has shown minor signs of loss of mobility but otherwise no signs of paralysis.
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Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols Hospitalised In LA After Stroke

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    She can still communicate using a series of beeps.

  • I hope she recovers well and they got to it quickly.
  • by k6mfw ( 1182893 ) on Friday June 05, 2015 @06:12PM (#49852977)
    as hospital food is typically terrible. I was fortunate enough to attend when Nichelle did a presentation at Ames Research Center, everyone seeking autographs later and she signed them all. And I got to get a photo with her (I was holding my communications piece, a Bendix King handheld).
    • by Hartree ( 191324 )

      I met her at a space development conference in Chicago back in the 1980s. She's very much a fan of space exploration.

      She's one wonderful lady. I wish her a speedy and complete recovery.

  • by The Grim Reefer ( 1162755 ) on Friday June 05, 2015 @06:15PM (#49852999)

    Nichelle Nichols, who played the lovely Lt. Uhura

    Lovely? That's a bit of an understatement. She was down right sexy as hell in her day.

    I wish her a speedy and full recovery.

  • by surfdaddy ( 930829 ) on Friday June 05, 2015 @06:20PM (#49853027)
    She was groundbreaking as one of the earliest actors on a multiracial show - controversial in the day. ...live long and prosper.
    • by Livius ( 318358 ) on Friday June 05, 2015 @06:48PM (#49853217)

      And they sneaked her into a role where the casual viewer would think she was just a switchboard operator, but in fact she would have had one of the highest security clearances on the entire ship.

      • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

        She had a lot of good parts in many episodes. It was the first time I remember a black woman playing something besides a maid.

    • She was groundbreaking as one of the earliest actors on a multiracial show - controversial in the day. ...live long and prosper.

      Also ground breaking in that she didn't play a sterotypical role for her races, while the other racial roles did play a stereotypical role for their race.

  • by taustin ( 171655 ) on Friday June 05, 2015 @06:30PM (#49853097) Homepage Journal

    Given how active Shatner is, in his 80s, still competing in horse shows and all, I'm more and more certain he's some kind of undead, feeding on the souls of his former co-stars.

    • by antdude ( 79039 )

      Yeah, I bet he will outlive all of his ST:TOS actors and maybe his fans too. :O

  • Get well soon. You're far too young and energetic to be taken from us all yet!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I hope she manages to Klingon.

  • by TheRealHocusLocus ( 2319802 ) on Friday June 05, 2015 @08:37PM (#49853873)

    Pure gold.

    2011-07-10: Startalk: NASA and Nichelle Nichols [startalkradio.net]
    Through her ground-breaking role as Star Trek's Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura, Nichelle Nichols became a passionate advocate to get women and minorities involved in real-world space exploration. Many were inspired to become astronauts thanks to her efforts, including NASA's current administrator, General Charles Bolden. While she continues working through various endeavors to get young people excited about space, she hopes that the power of Star Trek will inspire us to keep pushing the boundaries of the final frontier.

    2011-07-11: StarTalk: A Conversation with Nichelle Nichols [startalkradio.net]
    Some might know Nichelle Nichols best from Star Trek, but this actress, singer, dancer and space advocate has much to say beyond her role in TV's exploration of the final frontier. In this exclusive interview, she talks about how science fiction and Star Trek --- and specifically her ground-breaking role as Chief Communications Officer Lt. Uhura --- not only impacted her life, but also had an influence on society over space and time.

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