Shore Leave 41 Guest: Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle  Nichols

Ms. Nichols will be participating in photo ops and signing autographs. She will not be participating in a question and answer session.

Nichelle Nichols began her professional singing and dancing career in her home town, Chicago, at the tender age of 14. As a teenager she was discovered by the great Duke Ellington, who hired her to choreograph and perform a ballet for one of his musical suites, and finished the tour as his lead singer. Nichelle has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including guest artist with Lionel Hampton's band.

Nichelle was cast by Gene Roddenberry to create Lt. Uhura in his legendary TV series, Star Trek. Subsequently, she has co-starred in six blockbuster Star Trek motion pictures. She is in constant demand to appear before millions of "Trekkers" who keep the dream alive around the world.

Among her other TV and film credits, she co-starred with Cuba Gooding Jr. and James Coburn in the Disney motion picture, "Snow Dogs". She also co-starred with Ron Perlman and Daniel Riordan in the feature TV film, "Captain Zoom in Outer Space", and alongside Maxwell Caulfield and Levar Burton in the Sandy Howard film "The Supernaturals". She also sang and danced with Sammy Davis Jr. in "Porgy and Bess."

She was twice nominated for the coveted Sarah Siddons Award for Best Actress for her performances in the theatre productions of Jenet's "The Blacks" and the Oscar Brown Jr. musical "Kicks and Company." She starred in the touring Broadway hits, "Horowitz and Mrs. Washington," and "Nunsense II." In her one-woman show, "REFLECTIONS,", she "becomes" twelve legendary female entertainers, utilizing her beautiful three octave vocal range to rave reviews and plans for a CD album and a DVD of "REFLECTIONS."

Nichelle was chosen to perform as guest solo artist with the Erie Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra for their 80th Anniversary Celebration. She also performed as solo artist with the Symphony Orchestra of the California State University-Northridge, where she previously was commencement speaker for their School of Arts. Her latest CD, "NICHELLE…OUT OF THIS WORLD," contains her original composition, "Gene," in honor of "The Great Bird".

On January 9, 1992, Nichelle was awarded her much deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A few weeks before, she became the first African-American to place her handprints and signature in the cement walk at the famous Mann's (Grauman's) Chinese Theatre. Along with her other command crew members on the Starship Enterprise, Nichelle was installed in a special exhibit at the Smithsonianian's National Air and Space Museum, an unprecedented accolade for the entertainment industry.