Legendary Icon Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols Celebrates Her 85th Birthday
Legendary Icon, Nichelle Nichols celebrated her 85th Birthday on Thursday, December 28, 2017. A favorite actress of fans worldwide, and a trailblazer for women to be considered for substantial positions in the aerospace industry through NASA, she also opened the doors for many women, as a whole, and especially women of color for acting roles of a significant position versus simply a housewife, maid or secretary.
Ms. Nichols, who is a frequent guest at conventions and events across the globe, travels extensively and enjoys meeting the fans. Private, intimate birthday parties are usually the norm for Nichols, who decided to include 35 lucky fans in on the festivities this year to mark the milestone birthday. VIP packages included dinner, birthday cake, and a champagne toast, plus a Meet & Greet, autographs, and photos with the birthday girl, all part of her amazing party. The birthday dinner party was held at La Piazza Restaurant at The Grove in Los Angeles, announced Gilbert Bell, of GB Entertainment, Ms. Nichols’ manager.
“Nichelle Nichols has a special relationship with her fans, one of mutual admiration and respect. Many of them stop by every year to say hi when she’s in their town at an event or convention. I knew that for her 85th Birthday, we wanted to do something fun and special for Nichelle and her fans, and the idea for the VIP Fan Meet & Greet packages, which included dinner at her birthday party, sounded like a unique way to include some lucky fans in the celebration,” said Bell.
About Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols is an American actress and singer. As Lieutenant Uhura on the legendary television series Star Trek, Nichols played, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “the first non-stereotypical role portrayed by a black woman in television history.” Nichols also began volunteering her time with NASA, in a highly effective campaign to recruit minority and female personnel for the space agency. She has continued to appear in various television and film roles, and continued her charitable missions.