Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has been hospitalized after suffering a mild stroke, her agent announced.
Nichelle Nichols is best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhura in Star Trek.
Zach McGinnis wrote on Facebook: “Last night while at her home in LA, Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke.
“She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”
Nichelle Nichols, 82, was handpicked by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry to appear in the original 1960s TV series.
Her casting as fourth in command of the USS Enterprise broke many racial barriers, with Nichelle Nichols becoming the first black woman to share a kiss with a white man (William Shatner who played Captain James T. Kirk) on US television in 1966.
Up until that point, African-American actresses had typically been cast in servile roles, playing housekeepers or maids. Fans of Nichelle Nichols’ Star Trek role reportedly included Dr. Martin Luther King.
In an updated post on Facebook, Zach McGinnis reported that Nichelle Nichols was “awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations.”
Zach McGinnis wrote: “Her right side has shown minor signs of mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of paralyses.
“We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time.”
The original Star Trek series ran for three years and continues to have a cult following.
Nichelle Nichols went on to star in several Star Trek movies, between 1979 and 1991, including The Wrath of Khan and The Final Frontier.
Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney has died at the age of 85.
The actress died on May 1st at her home in Coarsegold, California, her son told The Fresno Bee.
Grace Lee Whitney played loyal yeoman Janice Rand, the personal assistant who served Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) aboard the USS Enterprise during the first season of Star Trek.
The actress reprised her role as Janice Rand in four Star Trek films and in a 1996 episode of Star Trek: Voyager.
Grace Lee Whitney also appeared in two Billy Wilder films that starred Jack Lemmon: 1959’s Some Like It Hot (as one of the members of the all-girl band) and as Kiki the Cossack in 1963’s Irma la Douce.
She had roles on such TV shows as The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, The Real McCoys, The Outer Limits, The Rifleman, Batman (as King Tut’s pretty accomplice) and Bewitched.
Grace Lee Whitney also did a pilot episode for Police Story, a drama that never made it to series; it was written by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and that led her to being cast as Janice Rand.
Actress Christine White, who played a calming wife on a classic 1963 Twilight Zone episode that featured a young William Shatner, has died at age 86.
Christine White portrayed Julia Wilson in Nightmare at 20,000 Feet in which her husband Bob, portrayed by William Shatner, becomes unnerved after seeing a gremlin on the wing of the mid-flight plane.
The tension mounts throughout the episode as Bob has just returned from a sanitarium following a nervous breakdown six months prior that also occurred on a plane.
The situation becomes tense as the gremlin starts pulling wires from a wing panel and jumps out of view each time someone else looks out the window.
Show host Rod Serling told viewers early in the episode that Bob’s destination on the flight was the “darkest corner of the Twilight Zone”.
Christine White died on April 14 in a nursing home in Washington, according to a death notice published earlier this month in The Carroll County Times in Maryland, according to a report by The New York Times.
Christine White played a calming wife on a classic 1963 Twilight Zone episode that featured a young William Shatner
She was born in Washington and moved to New York to pursue a career in theatre after graduating in 1947 with a degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Christine White made it to Hollywood by the 1950s and appeared on TV shows and in the movies into the 1970s.
She had acting roles in Bonanza, Perry Mason, The Rifleman, The Untouchables and Father Knows Best during her career.
Her survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.
Christine White in the classic Twilight Zone episode does her best to soothe her increasingly agitated husband as the plane travels in stormy, lightning-filled weather.
Fearing for the safety of the plane’s passengers, Bob lifts a sleeping policeman’s gun and opens the emergency exit.
He’s nearly blown away, but fires and strikes the gremlin.
While Bob is being taken away on a gurney, Rob Serling promises he won’t be confined for long as the viewer sees the wing panel ripped by the gremlin.
William Shatner, who went onto fame as Capt. James T. Kirk on television’s Star Trek, posted a Twitter message on Sunday saying that he was thinking about Christine White’s family.
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