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  • Played a female pimp in the 1974 film Truck Turner.
  • Considered quitting Star Trek after the first season, but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a fan of the show, convinced her that her character was ground breaking; she remained on the show until the series ended in 1969.
  • First African-American to place her handprints in front of Hollywood's Chinese Theatre.
  • Worked for NASA recruiting women and minorities into the space program.


  • Thomas Nichols — Brother
  • Lishia Parks — Mother
  • Gene Roddenberry — Ex-significant Other
  • Foster Johnson — Ex-husband
  • Samuel Earl Nichols — Father
  • Kyle Johnson — Son

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  • Birth Name: Grace Nichols
  • Birth Place: Robbins, IL
  • Profession: Actor, Singer

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