Actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her most famous role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, displays her Lego astronaut ring while visiting the "Build the Future" activity at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Photo by (NASA/Bill Ingalls) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Actress Nichelle Nichols, known for her most famous role as communications officer Lieutenant Uhura aboard the USS Enterprise in the popular Star Trek television series, displays her Lego astronaut ring while visiting the “Build the Future” activity at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Photo by (NASA/Bill Ingalls) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Nichelle Nichols, best known for her portrayal of Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek” was being treated at a Los Angeles-area hospital Thursday after suffering a minor stroke.

The news was released on Nichols’ Facebook page, with a post from Zach McGinnis of the talent-booking company Galactic Productions.

“Last night while at her home in L.A., Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke,” McGinnis wrote. “She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Please keep her in your thoughts.”

McGinnis later posted that Nichols had a CAT scan and MRI, with the CAT scan coming back negative, and results of the MRI pending.

“Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations,” he wrote. “Her right side has shown minor signs (of) mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of paralysis.”

Nichols, 82, portrayed Uhura on the original “Star Trek” series and in six “Star Trek” movies. She also provided Uhura’s voice in the animated series based on the show.

She was one of the first black women to have a major feature role on a television series. Martin Luther King Jr. once called her a role model for black children and women.

— City News Service

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