Nichelle Nichols, the actress, died of natural causes on July 31, according to her official website. The “Star Trek” fanbase has lost another star since the actress was a fixture on the original 1960s series when she played Liuetant Ohura for 69 episodes.
Nichols had a successful career, but he always found time to return to the “Star Trek” universe when called. She starred in all six original “Star Trek” films as well as spin-offs such as “Star Trek First Frontier” and “Renegades.”
Before retiring from the “Star Trek” convention circuit in 2021, Nichols was a fixture (via MovieWeb). Conventions can be lucrative for an actor, especially if they are part of a large series.
Nichols was forced to leave the company due to her dementia and her age, and there was also a conservatorship dispute between her son and the previous manager. Nichols left an impressive net worth after her death, thanks to her experience on the big and small screens, as well as her convention appearances.
What Is the Net Worth of Nichelle Nichols?
As of August 2022 according to Celebritynetworth , Nichelle Nichols has an estimated net worth of between $10,000 and $50,000 at the time of her death.
Her almost 60 acting credits and profession as a singer also contribute to her net worth. In the late 1960s, Nichols famously toured with Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Nichols went on to work with NASA in recruiting women and minorities into their programs after making a name for herself on “Star Trek.”
Nichols is now working on three other projects, including “Renegades: Ominara,” “The Order,” and “Moment of Impact.” Despite the title similarities, “Renegades: Ominara” is unrelated to the “Star Trek” world, despite having Walter Koenig from the franchise. These three extra initiatives are unlikely to have an impact on her $500,000 net worth.
Awards And Nominations
Nichols got a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films in 2016, and she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” in 1980. She was recognized in the Online Film & Television Association Hall of Fame in 2015, and Germany's Golden Camera awards awarded her with a Millennium Award for “Star Trek” in 1999.
Nichelle received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Special Guest Performer in a Drama Series for “The Young and the Restless” in 2017, and an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” in 1987.
Nichols and her “Star Trek” co-star William Shatner have received two TV Land Award nominations: Most Memorable Kiss in 2006 and TV Moment That Became Headline News in 2007. Nichelle earned the Inkpot Award from Comic-Con International in 2018 and an honorary degree from Los Angeles Mission College in 2010. Nichelle was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992.
Nichelle was in a romantic connection with “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s, but they broke up before the series premiered. When Roddenberry died in 1991, Nichols performed “Gene,” a song she co-wrote, at his funeral.
Nichelle married dancer Foster Johnson in 1951, but the couple split the following year. Kyle was born on August 14, 1951, to the couple. Nichols later married Duke Mondy in 1968, and the couple separated in 1972. She visited the White House in 2012 to meet with President Barack Obama, and she tweeted about it “President Obama was cited months ago as claiming that he had a crush on me when he was younger.
I inquired about it, and he gladly verified it! President Barack Obama also acknowledged to me that he was a Trekker! Isn't that wonderful? ” Nichelle was hospitalized in June 2015 after suffering a small stroke, and in 2018, it was discovered that she had been diagnosed with dementia. Nichols' son filed a lawsuit against Gilbert Bell, Nichelle's manager/caretaker, in August 2020, alleging “financial elder abuse.”
According to the lawsuit, Bell “actively misappropriated monies obtained by Ms. Nichols by siphoning cash from Ms. Nichols' convention appearances, illegally dividing the money Ms. Nichols received, and misappropriating funds from Ms. Nichols' financial accounts.” Kyle relocated Nichelle to New Mexico in November 2020 and is the sole caregiver for his mother.
Nichelle spent $110,000 on a property in Woodland Hills, California, in 1983. Nichelle's son sold the house to Baron Construction & Remodeling Co. in August 2021 for almost $2.2 million.