George Takei has shared some lesser-known and personal stories about his 60-year friendship with Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols, describing her as “one in a million.”
he experienced actor, the Lt. Hikaru Sulu alongside Nichols’ Lt. Uhura, who played on the USS Enterprise, said he was “really moved” by the honors she received.
Nichols died Saturday at the age of 89 in Silver City, southwest New Mexico.
Takei, 85, reacted immediately to the death, saying his “heart is heavy” but promising he will have more to say about the “trailblazer”.
“There has been a lot of talk about what a trailblazer and role model Nichelle was to so many young black women who saw in her hope and promise for their own future,” he said.
“I wanted to take a moment to share some stories about Nichelle that aren’t as well known and that highlight her lively spirit, incredible kindness and heartfelt generosity.”
Takei said he will “never forget” their first meeting and that Nicols was “stunningly beautiful” with her natural “Afro” hair that was “proud and gorgeous.”
He said that during his activism work in the 1970s, Nichols often appeared as a performer for fundraiser dinners and campaigns, and made it a point to be there “at every important milestone of mine.”
“When my husband Brad and I got married, we asked Walter Koenig, who played Ensign Chekov on the show, to be our best man at the wedding,” he wrote.
“We asked Nichelle to be our Matron of Honour. In her characteristic way, Nichelle declared, “I’m not a matron! If Walter can be best man, why can’t I be maid of honor?’
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“Given that Walter’s title of best man implied the awkward title of best woman, she was determined to be known as best lady to guests. I told her, ‘Of course you are.’”
He continued, “When my father died, Nichelle came to the funeral and she saw a lot of Japanese Americans with envelopes.
“She was always a curious soul, so she asked me, ‘George, what are you bringing to the funeral?’
“I said it was friends and relatives who made financial contributions to cover the funeral expenses. Nichelle had never heard of the Japanese tradition called koden.
“A few days later, an envelope from her came in the mail. Inside was a check for $500, a very generous code.”
He concluded, “While fans will miss and honor the celebrated actress who opened so many avenues with her presence on screen, I will also miss the dear friend who always let you know she was there for you.” to love you and walk with you through this weird and wonderful life.
“Nichelle Nichols, you were one in a million in so many ways.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/george-takei-remembers-nichelle-nichols-as-one-in-a-million-41883655.html George Takei remembers Nichelle Nichols as ‘one in a million’