Part of Uhura's attraction was the form-fitting costume that showed plenty of leg,but Nichelle downplayed the sexiness.
"It was the era of the mini-skirt, everybody wore mini-skirts," she told the BBC. "It amazes me that people still remark about
it being 'revealing.' It revealed nothing. I had long black stockings and boots up to my knees."
Nichelle appeared in the first six "Star Trek" films and became a enthusiastic participate at Trekkie conventions. She recruited minority astronauts for NASA in the 1970s and 1980s.
Born outside of Chicago as Grace Dell Nichols, Nichelle was the daughter of a factory worker who also served as the town mayor and the chief magistrate of Robbins, Illinois. She studied in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
While performing in the play "Kicks and Co." in Chicago, she attracted the attention of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner, who booked her as a singer at his Chicago Playboy Club.
Nichelle later toured Europe with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands.