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George Takei shares personal stories about lifelong friend Nichelle Nichols

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George Takei has shared some personal and little-known stories about his 60-year friendship with Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols, describing her as “one in a million”.

The veteran actor, who played Lt Hikaru Sulu alongside Nichols’ Lt Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise, said he was “really moved” by her dedication.

Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, southwestern New Mexico, aged 89.

Takei, 85, responded immediately to the death, saying “his heart is heavy” but promising that he would talk more about the “forerunner”.

“A lot has been said about Nichelle as a pioneer and role model for so many young black women who saw in her hope and promise for their own futures,” he said.

“I wanted to take a moment to share some stories about Nichelle that have not been known to many, and these stories highlight her vibrant spirit, incredible kindness, and warm chivalry. there.”

Takei said he would “never forget” their first meeting and that Nicols was “awesome” with her natural “Afro” hair, “pride and glory”.

During his active career in the 1970s, he said, Nichols often appeared as a performer for dinners and fundraising campaigns, and hit “every major milestone” my dignity”.

“When my husband Brad and I got married, we asked Walter Koenig, who plays Chekov on the show, to be our best man at the wedding,” he wrote.

“We have asked Nichelle to be our honor guard. With her signature fashion sense, Nichelle declares, ‘I’m not a nice man! If Walter can be the best man, why can’t I be the lady? ‘

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“Note that Walter’s title of ‘best man’ implies an awkward title of ‘best woman’, she is identified as ‘best woman’ to the guests. I said to her, “Of course you are.”

He continued: “When my father passed away, Nichelle went to the funeral and she saw many Japanese Americans with envelopes.

“She was always a curious spirit, so she asked me, ‘George, what are they bringing to the funeral?’

“I said it was friends and relatives who contributed financially to support funeral expenses. Nichelle had never heard of the Japanese tradition known as koden.

“A few days later, an envelope came from her. Inside was a check for $500, a very generous koden. “

He concluded, “So while fans will remember and honor the famous actress who opened so many avenues with her onscreen presence, I will also miss my dear friend, who always let you know she was there to support you, to love you, and to walk through this strange and wonderful life with you.

“Nichelle Nichols, you are one in a million people in so many ways.”

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