Meet Nichelle Nichols' ex husbands: Late actress was married twice

Amber Peake August 1, 2022
Meet Nichelle Nichols' ex husbands: Late actress was married twice
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Celebrated actress Nichelle Nichols, familiar to many audiences for her portrayal of Lieutenant Nyota Uhura across the Star Trek franchise, has died aged 89. 

The late actress’ passing was confirmed by her son Kyle who the actress welcomed with her first husband, Foster Johnson. 

The Star Trek alum had been married and divorced twice, with some now curious to know more about Nichelle Nichols’s ex-husbands and their marriages. Let’s take a look…

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Both of Nichelle Nichols’ marriages ended in divorce

Nichelle Nichols and her first husband, dancer Foster Johnson tied the knot in 1951. As per the Washington Post, Nichols was 18 at the time, while Johnson was 15 years her senior. 

Before the couple ultimately divorced, during their marriage, Nichols welcomed her only child, son Kyle.

Almost two decades later, Nichols married a second time to musician Duke Mondy in 1968. Their union came two years after Nichols began portraying her now iconic Star Trek character Lieutenant Nyota Uhura. 

Nichols and Monday were married just four years before they went their separate ways in 1972

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Nichelle Nichols’ first husband was a tap dancer

Nichelle Nichols’ first marriage was to the late tap dancer Foster Johnson. He had been dancing since the age of 15 and, during his career, shared the stage with tap legends such as Bobby Johnson and Pops Whitman.

Johnson and his ex-wife were also said to have danced together as partners for a time. 

In his later career, he mentored young talents, and as per the Los Angeles Times, his past tutees included the likes of actor Jeff Goldblum. 

As well as tap Johnson also pursued ballroom dancing. He was reportedly still actively dancing up until his passing in 1981, aged 64. 

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Actress married a second time to songwriter Duke Mondy

Nichelle Nichols’ second husband, Duke Mondy, was a songwriter and musician. Mondy is credited to have worked alongside his ex-wife on some of her musical projects. 

According to a 2013 blog post looking back on Nichols’ 1974 EP Dark Side Of The Moon, Mondy was listed as a songwriter on two of the project’s tracks, including It’s Been on My Mind, as well as its title track. 

Mondy worked under the name Duke Monday with his Discogs page seen to list a few other musical credits. 

As well as working alongside his wife he also had writing and arrangement credits on The Charades’ Take A Chance. 

In 1969, Nichols and Mondy were also featured in the late 60s game show series It Takes Two, which invited celeb couples to compete.

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.