Roommate, incredibly sad news when legendary actress Cicely Tyson passed away at the age of 96. The legendary Emmy and Tony winner reportedly passed away on Thursday afternoon, her longtime manager confirmed.
@Variety posted a statement from Cicely Tyson’s manager Larry Thompson when news of her death hit the media. “I have led Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years and each year has been a privilege and a blessing. Cicely imagined her new memory as a Christmas tree adorned with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she put the last ornament, a star, on the tree. “
Cicely Tyson made her film debut with a small role in “Twelve Angry Men” from 1957 and her official debut in Sidney Poitier’s film “Odds Against Tomorrow” from 1959, followed by “The Comedians”, “The Last Angry Man” and “A Man.” “Called Adam” and “The heart is a lonely hunter. “She refused to take part in the blaxploitation films that became popular in the late 1960s and waited until 1972 to return to the big screen in the classic drama Sounder, which received several Academy Award nominations, including the one, the she received in 1973 for best actress. She would receive an honorary Oscar in 2018 for her legendary career.
Despite making several films, most of her formidable career has been in television. Besides “Miss Jane Pittman” she did an excellent job on “Roots”, “The Wilma Rudolph Story”, “King: The Martin Luther King Story”, “When Nobody Would Listen”, “A Woman Called Moses”. “The Marva Collins Story,” “The Women of Brewster Place,” “Eldest Living Confederate Widow Tells It All,” the TV adaptation of “Trip to Bountiful” and, most recently, “How To Get Away With Murder”.
During her career, Cicely Tyson also refused to play drug addicts, prostitutes, or maids, roles that she found demeaning to black women. But when a good part came, she grabbed it with tenacity. She will surely be missed.
We want to express our condolences to their loved ones at this difficult time.
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