May 7, 2021


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Cicely Tyson, a Hollywood legend dies at 96.

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Cicely Tyson, a Hollywood legend has died at the age of 96.
This was made known by her manager, Larry Thompson, on Thursday.

She died two days after her memoir, Just as I Am was published.

Tyson became the first African American to win a lead actress Emmy Award for her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

She also won a supporting actress Emmy for her role in The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.

Oscar nominated her for playing Rebecca Morgan in the Martin Ritt drama Sounder. Liza Minnelli of Cabaret won the category.

Tyson was later honoured with an Oscar statuette, a recognition for extraordinary lifetime achievement and exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences.

The actress was born in Harlem in 1924. Her father was a carpenter and her mother, a domestic worker. Both of her parents were immigrants from the West Indies. After finishing high school she worked as a secretary for the American Red Cross before deciding to try and become a model. By the late 1950s, Tyson was flourishing in the industry, covering magazines like “Essence” and “Jet.”

Tyson began on stage in New York, eventually working her way into television by way of small roles on shows like “I Spy,” “Naked City,” “The Bill Cosby Show” and “Nurses.”

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