Cicely Tyson is an award-winning American actress. She was discovered by a photographer for “Ebony” magazine, and became a popular fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in “Carib Gold” in 1957, but she went on to do television in “East Side/West Side” and the long-running soap opera “The Guiding Light.”
In 1967, Tyson appeared in “The Comedians,” and the following year, had a featured role in “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” In 1972, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed “Sounder.” In 1974 she won two Emmy Awards for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” Other acclaimed television roles included “Roots,” “King,” in which she portrayed Coretta Scott King, “The Marva Collins Story,” “When No One Would Listen” and “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” for which she received her third Emmy award. In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies “Because of Winn-Dixie” and “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” Also the same year she was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball. Tyson co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
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