Lieutenant Uhura Was Almost Spock

In a recent interview with Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura, it was revealed that Spock was originally intended to be a female and Nichols was slated to play the famous Vulcan. As it turns out though:
There was also a female character known as Number One, a cold, efficient and logical woman to play against the hot headed, libidinous Kirk. She was intended to by played by Majel Roddenberry, then Majel Barrett. Gene Roddenberry was dating her at the time, but hadn’t yet divorced his estranged wife. The studio producing Star Trek was uncomfortable A) with a woman as such a central character and B) with the scandalous nepotism of the whole thing. They also didn’t particularly like Spock as a character, and so as a compromise Roddenberry eliminated Number One, made a Spock the emotionless one, and promoted him to First Officer.

And thus, Nichols was instead cast as the legendary Lieutenant and the rest, as they say, is history.

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There was also a female character known as Number One, a cold, efficient and logical woman to play against the hot headed, libidinous Kirk. She was intended to by played by Majel Roddenberry, then Majel Barrett. Gene Roddenberry was dating her at the time, but hadn’t yet divorced his estranged wife. The studio producing Star Trek was uncomfortable A) with a woman as such a central character and B) with the scandalous nepotism of the whole thing. They also didn’t particularly like Spock as a character, and so as a compromise Roddenberry eliminated Number One, made a Spock the emotionless one, and promoted him to First Officer.

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Star Trek was really progressive for its time and Roddenberry had to argue to have women on board at all.

But it would have been particularly awesome if, even for only a moment, Uhura had to take charge during a crisis. The image of a Black woman in the captain's chair in the late 60s would have been great.
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