The world suffered a great loss when Cicely Tyson died on Thursday. The manager of the Emmy and Tony winner, Larry Thompson, announced her death in a statement diversity It read, “I’ve managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year has been a privilege and a blessing. Cicely envisioned her new memory as a Christmas tree adorned with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Placed today she the last ornament, a star, on top of the tree. “She was 96 years old.
Cicely made her film debut with her role in the 1957s Twelve angry menand she starred in numerous TV shows and films, including Sounder, The autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Elderly living Confederate widow says it all, The help, and How to get away with murder. She also appeared in several Broadway plays, such as The trip to Bountiful and The gin game. In 2018 she made history by becoming the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar. Two years later, she received the Peabody Career Achievement Award for her decades-long career.
During her career, Cicely cemented herself as a pioneer for black actresses by refusing to take on roles that were demeaning to black women and addressing important social issues such as gender and race. “I’ve used my career as a platform to address these issues and every now and then I find that I’ve made the right decisions when I receive an achievement award,” she said earlier People. “The sacrifices I’ve made as a result have been worth it.”
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