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Nichelle Nichols

Born: December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois
Died: July 30, 2022 in Silver City, New Mexico

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Nichols was born in Robbins. She attended Englewood High School on the South Side of Chicago. From the age of 12, she studied dance at the Chicago Ballet Academy.

Biography: Nichelle Nichols was born in Robbins, Illinois, near Chicago. Her father was both the town mayor of Robbins and its chief magistrate. She has studied in Chicago as well as New York and Los Angeles. During her time in New York, Nichelle appeared at the famous Blue Angel and Playboy Clubs, as a singer. She toured the United States, Canada, and Europe as a singer with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands. She also appeared in the role of Carmen for a Chicago stock company production of 'Carmen Jones.' She has twice been nominated for the Sara Siddon Award as best actress and is an accomplished dancer and singer as well as an accomplished writer. Most know her as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura from Star Trek.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Beyond Uhura - Star Trek and Other Memories
ISBN: 0399139931 OCLC: New York :

Putnam New York : 1994

In text and photographs the author discusses her life and professional career.

Saturn's Child
ISBN: 0399141138 OCLC: New York :

Putnam New York : 1995

In the 21st Century a starship from Earth makes mankind's first contact with an alien race. They are the methane-breathing Fazisians who have powers of telepathy. A romance develops between the son of the Fazisian ruler and the woman commanding the starship and the pair attempts to have a child.

Saturna's Quest
ISBN: 0971915407 OCLC: California :

Planet X Pub California : 2002