Grace Dell Nichols, better known as Nichelle Nichols, is an American actress and vocalist who is 89 years old. She is well remembered for her exemplary portrayal as Nyota Uhura in “Star Trek: The Original Series.” Her role as Uhura in the series was a breakthrough for African-American female roles in American television. Nichelle Nichols’ estimated net worth in 2022 is approximately $8 million.
Nichelle Nichols was born in Robbins, Illinois, United States on December 28, 1932. Her parents, Samuel Earl and Salish Nichols, gave birth to her. Her father formerly worked at a factory and was subsequently elected mayor of the community of Robbins. Nichols spent her childhood in an apartment in Chicago with her family. She has attended universities in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.
Nichelle Nichols’s Career
Nichols made her debut in the musical Kicks and Co. in 1961. Prior to beginning her acting career, she occasionally worked as a model. She has appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine as a model. After much struggle, Nichols finally landed her breakout role as Nyota Uhura on the television series Star Trek. She was among the first Black women to appear on a major television series.
Following a chat with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Nichelle reconsidered her decision to leave the series after the first year. Martin pushed her to remain on the series because he, too, was a huge Star Trek fan. In 1969, the beloved series was canceled. She then lent her voice to an episode of “Star Trek: The Animated Series.”
Nichols continues to impress fans with her outstanding performances in films and television series. She portrayed Sensei/Aunt Petunia in the upcoming film “Unbelievable!!!!! “The Order,” the title of her future film, is still in production. She will portray Athena in the next film. She has also participated in a unique project with NASA, where she assisted in the recruitment of female and minority staff.
Nichelle Nichols Personal Life
Nichelle Nichols has had two marriages. She was formerly wed to the dancer Foster Johnson. Kyle Johnson is the only child from her first marriage. She married Duke Mondy in 1968. In 1972, however, her second marriage also ended in divorce. In 2018, she was diagnosed with dementia, and she subsequently retired from making appearances at conventions.
Recently, Nichols has endured an unpleasant conservatorship struggle. In the guardianship dispute are her son Kyle Johnson, her friend Angelique Fawcette, and her former manager Gilbert Bell. In 2018, her son Kyle was granted conservatorship over Nichols.
However, after some time, Nichols’ close friend Angelique Fawcette filed an opposition to Kyle’s petition on the grounds that Nicholes is still of sound mind and able to manage her personal and financial affairs.
Similarly, after Kyle was appointed conservator of Nichols in January 2019, her manager, Bell, began legal actions against him and used his managerial authority to assume control of Nichols’ personal affairs and assets. Additionally, Bell sued Johnson for removing him from Nichol’s guesthouse.
Nichelle Nichols Net Worth
Nichelle Nichols’ estimated net worth in 2022 is approximately $8 million. She has earned the lump sum from her career as an actress. In 2016, Nichols received “The Life Career Award” from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.