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'Star Trek' star who played Uhura hospitalized after stroke

Actress Nichelle Nichols speaks on stage during the 13th annual Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Actress Nichelle Nichols speaks on stage during the 13th annual Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Actress Nichelle Nichols has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke Wednesday in her Los Angeles home. The actress played Lieutenant Uhura in the popular science fiction television show "Star Trek."

The 82-year-old actress underwent a CAT scan and an MRI on Friday, according to her official Facebook page. The actress is reported to be awake and in good spirits.

 

In the 1960s Nichols was one of the first black women to play a role of power in mainstream television as a lieutenant and communications officer in "Star Trek." Nichols is also a singer and sang with singers like Duke Ellington. In May, Nichols was shooting the sequel to the film "Surge of Power."

Colleagues and fans have turned to Twitter to wish her a healthy recovery:

https://twitter.com/larrynemecek/status/606533609525280771

https://twitter.com/IJasonAlexander/status/606589792512536576

https://twitter.com/PatrickZircher/status/606534406178775042

https://twitter.com/TrekCaptions/status/606532093032730624

https://twitter.com/ThatNeilGuy/status/606511314983362560

https://twitter.com/KateComer/status/606512507809886208