At the age of 86 Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols has decided it is time to retire and is lining up her farewell tour of public appearances that will culminate in a special farewell event next May. She is also working with producers making a documentary about her life, which is currently crowdfunding.
Nichelle Nichols Farewell Tour And Convention
The original Uhura, Nichelle Nichols, has announced she will be making her final public appearances over the next 12 months, with her last being a special “Hailing Frequencies Open…One Last Time!” convention on the first weekend of May 2020. It was revealed last year that Nichols was diagnosed with moderate progressive dementia and she plans on moving in with her son Kyle, who has been acting as her proxy and is joining her on her farewell tour.
For her final appearances, Nichelle is doing photo opportunities and signings, but not panels. According to a representative for Nichelle Nichols, she is confirmed for the following upcoming events:
May 16-19 – MegaCon – Orlando Flordia
May 23-26 – Phoenix Fan Fusion – Phoenix, Arizona
June 28-30 – Wisconsin Comic Convention – Milwaukee, WI
July 4-7 – Florida Supercon – Miami, Florida
July 12-14 – Shore Leave – Baltimore, Maryland
July 31-August 4 – Official Star Trek Convention – Las Vegas, Nevada
October 3-6 – New York Comic Con – New York, New York
May 1-3, 2020 – Nichelle Nichols Farewell Convention – Burbank, CA
For more info on Nichelle’s upcoming events see her schedule at uhura.com. A representative for Nichelle says more dates will be added to the list. Also, note some of the above events have yet to be added to the website as new dates have been just recently confirmed.
Guests are still being lined up for the Farewell Convention next May, but the lineup already includes Star Trek stars Walter Koenig, Tim Russ, and Marina Sirtis. There are also a number of TOS guest stars lined up including Gary Lockwood, Sally Kellerman, Michael Forest, Jack Donner, Charlie Brill, Tanya Lemani, BarBara Luna, and France Nuyen. Some behind-the-scenes people from TOS will also be there, including writer D.C. Fontana. The event will include a party and a banquet, which Nichelle will attend and there are plans for a final stage event with various TOS celebrities and Nichelle as well. The convention is being managed by AtomiCon (formerly PlanetXpo) who also produced James Doohan’s Farewell show in 2004 and Walter Koenig’s Hollywood Star Celebration in 2012.
For more details on Nichelle’s Farewell Convention, visit the official site at uhura.space.
Nichols documentary seeking crowdfunding
Nichelle Nichols has partnered up with the team behind Renegades who are seeking to produce a documentary about her life titled Breaking Barriers. The goal is to tell Nichols’ inspiration life story and how she has influenced others. “Nichelle’s story is so important – not only to our generation, but all generations,” said producer Sky Conway. The producers are hoping to develop a “sizzle reel” with Nichelle which will be shot on a replica of the USS Enterprise (the one formerly used by Star Trek: Continues). This reel will be used to pitch the doc to distributors to get the full documentary made. They are currently crowdfunding for the sizzle reel with a goal of $25,000. Pledges of $10 and more will get access to the sizzle reel itself along with more collectible perks based on the level. Pledges of $120 and more also include tickets to the Nichelle Nichols Farewell Convention.
To learn more about the doc and the campaign visit indiegogo.com.