The latest news from TheGrio.com says that Nichelle Nichols has dementia. As I'm sure most Trek fans know, Nichelle played Lt. Uhura on the original series back in the 1960s.
Nichelle Nichols, a TV pioneer who gained notoriety playing Lieutenant Uhura on the cult-classic series Star Trek, is suffering from dementia and needs protection, TMZ reports. Her son, Kyle Johnson, has filed legal docs asking for trustees to be appointed to oversee the 85-year-old’s finances. Johnson is also looking to protect his mother’s estate and legally make medical decisions on her behalf. Johnson said the measure is necessary because her dementia is “impacting her executive functioning” and makes her “susceptible to undue influence.”” He added” “Certain individuals have unduly exerted themselves into [her] life to her detriment.” This is an unfortunate turn of events for the TV icon who first played the role that made her famous in 1968.
Now, I am taking things with the tiniest pinch of salt, because it's possible either TMZ/The Grio is wrong, or her son isn't being forward with everything. It's just frustrating to read things like this, at least for me as a long-time Trekkie. I know people get old, and time marches on, but when I start seeing the people I loved as a kid begin to age and wither away, it's just heartbreaking.
Edited by Selene, 07 May 2018 - 03:20 AM.