Cicely Tyson

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Was born at 18 December 1924 (now is 93 years old) in New York City, New York, USA

Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised byher devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Hermother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was acarpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebonymagazine and, with her stunning looks, she quickly rose to the top ofthe modeling industry. In 1957, she began acting in Off-Broadwayproductions.

She had small roles in feature films before she was castas Portia in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) . Four yearslater, Cicely was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress forher sensational performance in the critically acclaimed film Sounder (1972) . In 1974, she went on to portray a 110-year-oldformer slave in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (TV) , which earnedher two Emmy Awards. She also appeared in the television miniseries "Roots" (1977) , "King" (1978) and A Woman Called Moses (1978) (TV) . While Cicely has not appearedsteadily onscreen because of her loyalty to only portray strong,positive images of Black women, she is without a doubt one of the mosttalented, beautiful actresses to have ever graced the stage and screen.

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There is some small facts about Cicely Tyson:
  • Worked as a secretary and model while establishing herself as an actress.
  • Will only portray strong images of women.
  • Co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem with 'Arthur Mitchell (I)' .
  • She was married to 'Miles Davis (I)' by 'Andrew Young (IV)' in the home of 'Bill Cosby' . Bill Cosby was the best man, and gave away the bride.
  • Currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • She was the Thursday night host for CBS Radio's "Sears Mystery Theater" (1979). She was still Thursday's host when it became "The Mutual Radio Theater" on Mutual Radio (1980).
  • Aunt of 'Cathy Tyson' .
  • Is an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
  • Is the first-African American actress to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie for her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (TV) .
  • In 1972, she and singer-actress 'Diana Ross' were both nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" Oscars for their performances in Sounder (1972) and Lady Sings the Blues (1972) , respectively. This was only the second time in the history of the Academy Awards that African-American actresses were nominated in the "Best Actress" Oscar category. The first was 'Dorothy Dandridge' 's nomination for Carmen Jones (1954) .
  • The Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts was named in her honor is located in East Orange, New Jersey. She visits the school frequently, and occasionally teaches a master class in acting.
  • Tyson won a judgment entitling her to full payment ($750,000) for her appearance in the short-lived 1983 Broadway play "The Corn Is Green". An Appeals Court upheld an earlier ruling handed down in 1996 in favor of Tyson. She was under contract to producer 'Elizabeth Taylor (I)' to act in stage and screen versions of the classic play. After critics panned the play, Tyson was fired for taking a night off to attend a tribute to her then-husband, the late jazz musician 'Miles Davis (I)' . The play closed after less than two weeks. Tyson maintained she should be paid as negotiated in her contract, even though the show closed early and a planned TV video of the production was never made.
  • Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: 'Dorothy Dandridge' , 'Diana Ross' , 'Diahann Carroll' , 'Whoopi Goldberg' , 'Angela Bassett' , 'Halle Berry' , 'Gabourey Sidibe' , 'Viola Davis (I)' and 'Quvenzhan√© Wallis' .
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 21, 1997.
  • Has been a vegetarian since the 1960s.
  • According to the New York Times, when Ms. Tyson won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play for "The Trip to Bountiful" on June 9, 2013, she became the oldest person ever to win an acting Tony.
  • Was considered for the role of Mags in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) , which went to 'Lynn Cohen (I)' .
  • Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1977.
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There is the list of movies, where Cicely Tyson was taked part:
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1 Fried Green Tomatoes: The Moments of Discovery movie Fried Green Tomatoes: The Moments of Discovery 1998 as Herself
2 2015 Creative Arts Emmys movie 2015 Creative Arts Emmys 2015 as Herself - Nominated: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
3 A Hero Aint Nothin But a Sandwich movie A Hero Aint Nothin But a Sandwich 1978 as Sweets
4 A Woman Called Moses movie A Woman Called Moses 1978 as Harriet Ross Tubman
5 Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine movie Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony Magazine 1996 as Herself
6 Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television movie Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 as Herself
7 Just an Old Sweet Song movie Just an Old Sweet Song 1976 as Priscilla Simmons
8 Odds Against Tomorrow movie Odds Against Tomorrow 1959 as Jazz Club Bartender
9 Riot movie Riot 1997 as Maggie (segment "Homecoming Day")
10 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story movie Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story 1986 as Muriel
11 The 12th Annual CableACE Awards movie The 12th Annual CableACE Awards 1991 as Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
12 The 26th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 26th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1974 as Herself - Winner: Best Lead Actress in a Drama and Actress of the Year - Special
13 The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards movie The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1985 as Herself - Presenter
14 The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards movie The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 as Herself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special & Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
15 The 46th Annual Academy Awards movie The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 as Herself - Presenter: Best Cinematography
16 The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis movie The American Film Institute Salute to Bette Davis 1977 as Herself
17 The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly movie The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly 1985 as Herself
18 The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia movie The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia 2013 as Mama Kay
19 The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts movie The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts 1988 as Herself
20 The Price of Heaven movie The Price of Heaven 1997 as Vesta Lotte Battle
21 The Road to Galveston movie The Road to Galveston 1996 as Jordan Roosevelt
22 The Television Annual: 1978/1979 movie The Television Annual: 1978/1979 1979 as Herself
23 The Women of Brewster Place movie The Women of Brewster Place 1989 as Mrs. Browne
24 CBS News Sunday Morning movie CBS News Sunday Morning 1979 as Herself - Guest
25 Higglytown Heroes movie Higglytown Heroes 2004 as Great Aunt Shirley Hero
26 The Mike Douglas Show movie The Mike Douglas Show 1961 as Herself - Co-Host
27 The Queen Latifah Show movie The Queen Latifah Show 2013 as Herself - Guest
28 The Rosie ODonnell Show movie The Rosie ODonnell Show 1996 as Herself - Guest
29 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson movie The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962 as Herself - Guest
30 The 40th NAACP Image Awards movie The 40th NAACP Image Awards 2009 as Herself
31 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards movie 17th Annual Critics Choice Movie Awards 2012 as Herself
32 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2012 as Herself
33 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards movie 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 as Herself - Presenter
34 2002 Trumpet Awards movie 2002 Trumpet Awards 2002 as Herself
35 20th NAACP Image Awards movie 20th NAACP Image Awards 1988 as Herself - Presenter
36 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors movie 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2015 as Herself - Honoree
37 3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards movie 3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1997 as Herself
38 41st NAACP Image Awards movie 41st NAACP Image Awards 2010 as Herself
39 42nd NAACP Image Awards movie 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2011 as Herself
40 43rd NAACP Image Awards movie 43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 as Herself
There is the list of interview of Cicely Tyson:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 29 September 2013, Vol. CLXII, Iss. 56274, pg. ST 1, 16, 18-19, by: Philip Galanes, "Roles of a Lifetime"
There is the list of some articles of Cicely Tyson:
  • "The New York Times" (USA), 12 April 2013, Vol. CLXII, by: Kate Murphy, "Back Home in Texas, for the First Time"
  • "Jet" (USA), 17 May 1973, Vol. 44, Iss. 6, pg. 62, "'Black Actors Don't Make Any Money': Cicely Tyson"
  • "Jet" (USA), 2 November 1967, Vol. 33, Iss. 4, pg. 56, "Miles Davis To Make March Merger With Cicely Tyson"
The image of was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Jet" (USA), 22 July 2013
There is the list of some quotes of Cicely Tyson:
  • [on her commitment to choose only positive images] Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch -- what make you go beyond the norm. The choices of roles I made had to do with educating and entertaining. And as a result, I found myself working only every two or three years.
  • One lady told me that before she saw Sounder (1972) , she didn't believe black people could love each other, have deep relationships in the same way as white people.
  • [of 'trances' she seems to occupy to prepare for roles] I'm looking inside myself. Inside of me is where this character is coming from, and I was feeling a sense of who this woman can be... I am the character [on set] until I go home.
  • How do you project a character if you don't have a sense of where she is from? I've always just gotten on a plane to go to the area to get a sense of what it is like, to smell it, feel the earth, hear people talk, go to the marketplaces. Being there [in Texas] I understood very clearly why my character [Carrie Watts in "The Trip to Bountiful"] longed to return because I was myself mesmerized by the beauty of the place and the tender enfolding of the gulf wind.
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