Nichelle Nichols –
Actress, singer, space case.
December 28, 1932 – July 30, 2022.
Aged 89 years.
Most recognized for: Often (erroneously) cited as the first interracial kiss on scripted television, Nichelle’s character Lt. Uhura got a little Captain on her in a 1968 episode of “Star Trek”… not because Kirk wanted to make out with the ship’s switchboard operator, but because he was forced by some form of alien mind control… which makes much more sense. Everybody knew Kirk preferred those green broads anyway.