STAR TREK alum Nichelle Nichols (ex-Lt. Uhura, seated), will be appearing on Y&R for a two-day appearance as Lucinda, who Digest can confirm is Neil’s (Kristoff St. John) estranged mother. The overdue reunion will explain why Lucinda disappeared from her son’s life all those years ago. “As a long time STAR TREK fan, and growing up in Hollywood, my father was a friend of [the show’s creator] Gene Roddenberry,” shares Executive Producer/Head Writer Charles, Pratt, Jr. “I cannot even describe my utter joy and excitement to get the chance to write for and work with the talented Nichelle. She slipped into her role with sublime grace and ease, and just that brushstroke of elegance we needed. What fun, and what a thrill, for all of us at Y&R.” St. John enthuses, “I’ve met Nichelle two times before and I was absolutely enthralled that I was meeting Lt. Uhura. This time, when we met, I was thrilled to be working with such an iconic actress, just by default of being part of the ’60s era, when there were very few African American leads, male and female, on television. I felt very honored to share these scenes with Nichelle, knowing her body of work.” Nichols will first air on September 1, which is also the show’s 11,000th episode.