One of the pioneers of the American film industry known as Hollywood, Cicely Tyson is dead.
The Emmy- and Tony-winning actress who distinguished herself in theatre, film and television, died on Thursday, January 28 at the age of 96.
Her death was reported by her manager, Larry Thompson who managed and worked with her for 40 years.
Larry wrote, “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”
Cicely Tyson made her Hollywood debut in 1957 in the movie ‘Twelve Angry Men’ and her formal debut in the 1959 Sidney Poitier film “Odds Against Tomorrow,” followed by “The Comedians,” “The Last Angry Man,” “A Man Called Adam” and “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”
She received an Oscar nomination in 1973 for Martin Ritt’s drama “Sounder” and an Honorary Oscar in 2018.
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Tyson made a stand in the movie industry as well as TV; throughout her career she refused to play drug addicts, prostitutes or maids, roles she thought demeaning to Black women.
Her latest work before her death was her memoir “Just As I Am” which was published on Tuesday, January 26.