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Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson

  • Born on
    • December 19th, 1924
  • Died on
    • January 28th, 2021
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and, with her stunning looks, she quickly rose to the top of the modeling industry. In 1957, she began acting in Off-Broadway productions. She had small roles in feature films before she was cast as Portia in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). Four years later, Cicely was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her sensational performance in the critically acclaimed film Sounder (1972). In 1974, she went on to portray a 110-year-old former slave in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), which earned her two Emmy Awards. She also appeared in the television miniseries Roots (1977), King (1978) and A Woman Called Moses (1978). While Cicely has not appeared steadily onscreen because of her loyalty to only portray strong, positive images of Black women, she is without a doubt one of the most talented, beautiful actresses to have ever graced the stage and screen.

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Filmography

Acting (31 Credits)

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2020A Fall from Grace as Alice
2017Last Flag Flying as Mrs. Hightower
2014The Trip to Bountiful as Mrs. Watts
2014And the Oscar Goes To...
2013The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia as Mama Kay
2012Alex Cross as Nana Mama
2011The Help as Constantine Jefferson
2010Why Did I Get Married Too? as Ola
2006Idlewild as Mother Hopkins
2006Madea's Family Reunion as Myrtle
2005Because of Winn-Dixie as Gloria Dump
2005Diary of a Mad Black Woman as Myrtle
2002The Rosa Parks Story as Leona Edwards McCauley
1999A Lesson Before Dying as Tante Lou
1999Aftershock: Earthquake in New York as Emily LincolnWatch Free
1998Always Outnumbered as Luvia
1998Mama Flora's Family as Mama Flora
1997Hoodlum as Stephanie St. Clair
1994Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All as Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid
1991Fried Green Tomatoes as Sipsey
1989The Women of Brewster PlaceWatch Free
1981Bustin' Loose as Vivian Perry
1979The Concorde... Airport '79 as Elaine
1977A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich as SweetsWatch Free
1976The Blue Bird as Tylette
1974The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman as Jane Pittman
1972Sounder as Rebecca MorganWatch Free
1968The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter as Portia
1967The Comedians as Marie Therese
1959Odds Against Tomorrow as Jazz Club bartender (uncredited)
1959The Last Angry Man as Girl Left on Porch (uncredited)

Herself (2 Credits)

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