Today is a sad day Cicely Tyson, the Emmy and Tony-winning actress whose career spans dozens of roles in theater, films and television, has passed away. Just two days after the release of her memoir, The way I am, Tyson reportedly died on Thursday afternoon, although the cause of death was not revealed. She was 96 years old.
“I have led Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year has been a privilege and a blessing,” Larry Thompson, Tyson’s manager, said in a statement. Cicely saw her new memoir as a Christmas tree adorned with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a star, on top of the tree. ‘
Tyson’s work spans several decades, and she is very well remembered for her role as former slave Jane Pittman in the 1974 miniseries The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Tyson told the story of Jane’s entire life, playing the character from early adulthood to her final years at the age of 110. For her performance, Tyson won Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and Actress of the Year.
In addition, Tyson has scored Emmy nominations for roles in other titles, such as Carrots, Sweet justice, Hall of Fame hallmark, and Relative stranger. She has also been consecutively nominated for her role for the past five years How do you get away with murder?. On stage, Tyson won her Best Actress Tony Award for 2013 The Journey to Abundance. In 2020 she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
Tyson’s role as Rebecca Morgan in the 1972 film Siren set her up for an Academy Award nomination for best actress; she later received an honorary Academy Award in 2018. She has also been praised for her roles in other films, including Gangster, Diary of a crazy black woman, Madea’s family reunion, The help, and Alex Cross. Last year she appeared in the movie A fall from grace and the OWN series Cherish the day.
Several Hollywood stars pay tribute to Tyson on social media. LeVar Burton, who co-starred with Tyson in Carrots and recently celebrated the miniseries’ 40th anniversary, posted a touching message for Tyson on Twitter. He writes: “This one cuts deep. @IAmCicelyTyson was my first screen mommy .. Elegance, warmth, beauty, wisdom, style and abundant grace. She was as regal as they come. An artist of the highest order, I will love her for always … RIP. “
Viola Davis, who recently worked with Tyson How do you get away with murder?, also tweeted, “I’m devastated. My heart is just broken. I loved you so much !! You were everything to me! You made me feel loved and seen and appreciated in a world where there is still a cloak of invisibility is for us dark chocolate girls. You gave me permission to dream … “
The legacy left by Cicely Tyson is legendary, and while she may not be with us anymore, she will be missed forever. May she rest in peace. This news comes from Variety.
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