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Cicely Tyson Biography and Filmography
Cicely Tyson
Birthday: December 19, 1933
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 0' 0"
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One of America's most respected dramatic actresses, Cicely Tyson has worked steadily as a television, film, and stage actress since making her stage debut in a Harlem YMCA production of Dark of the Moon in the 1950s. The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Tyson was raised in Harlem. After working as a secretary and a successful model, she became an actress, landed her first jobs in off-Broadway productions, and eventually made it to the Great White Way in the late '50s.Tyson got her first real break in 1963, playing a secretary to George C. Scott on the TV series East Side/West Side, and in 1966 signed on with the daytime soap The Guiding Light. That same year, she made her credited screen debut starring opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in the drama A Man Called Adam (her first uncredited film role was in 1959's Odds Against Tomorrow). More film, television, and stage work followed, but Tyson did not truly become a star until her Oscar-nominated performance in the Depression drama Sounder (1972). An unusual beauty with delicate features, expressive black eyes, and a full, wide mouth, Tyson next hid her good looks beneath layers of old-age makeup to convincingly portray a 110-year-old former slave who tells her extraordinary life story in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974). A well-wrought effort, it won Tyson her first Emmy for her title role, which required her to age 91 years on the screen. Tyson subsequently had great success on television, particularly with her role in the legendary miniseries Roots (1977) and her work in The Women of Brewster Place (1989). She also continued to do a fair amount of film work, appearing in films like Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994), The Grass Harp (1995), and Hoodlum (1997). In 1997, Tyson again donned old woman's makeup to offer a delightfully crotchety version of Charles Dickens' Scrooge in the 1997 USA Network original production Ms. Scrooge. Two years later, she had another television success — and another Emmy nomination — with A Lesson Before Dying, a drama set in the 1940s about a black man sentenced to death for a murder he did not commit.
Reign Over Me (2006)
[ Jada Pinkett Smith ][ Saffron Burrows ]
Idlewild (2006)
[ Paula J Parker ][ Malinda Williams ][ Macy Gray ][ China Anderson ][ Veronica Lorenz ]
Fat Rose and Squeaky (2006)
[ Julie Brown ]
Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
[ Lynn Whitfield ][ Jenifer Lewis ][ Rochelle Aytes ][ China Anderson ][ Gabrielle Anderson ]
Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
[ Kimberly Elise ]
Because of Winn-Dixie (2005)
[ AnnaSophia Robb ][ Eva Marie Saint ][ Elle Fanning ]
The Rosa Parks Story (2002)
[ Angela Basset ]
Jewel (2001)
[ Farrah Fawcett ][ Natalie Radford ][ Charlotte Arnold ]
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999)
[ Jennifer Garner ][ Erika Eleniak ][ Rachel Ticotin ][ Lisa Nicole Carson ][ Sharon Lawrence ]
A Lesson Before Dying (1999)
[ Dana Ivey ]
Mama Flora's Family (1998)
[ Queen Latifah ][ Erika Alexander ]
Always Outnumbered (1998)
[ Laurie Metcalf ][ Paula J Parker ][ Aretha Franklin ][ Natalie Cole ]
Riot (1997)
[ Lucy Liu ][ Kyla Pratt ][ Paula J Parker ]
Bridge of Time (1997)
[ Susan Dey ]
Ms. Scrooge (1997)
[ Katherine Helmond ]
Hoodlum (1997)
[ Queen Latifah ][ Vanessa Williams ][ Loretta Devine ][ Penny Ellington ][ Barbara Harris ]
The Price of Heaven (1997)
[ Lori Loughlin ]
The Road to Galveston (1996)
[ Piper Laurie ][ Penny Johnson ][ Dee Hennigan ]
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994)
[ Diane Lane ][ Anne Bancroft ][ Blythe Danner ]
House of Secrets (1993)
[ Melissa Gilbert ][ Kate Vernon ]
When No One Would Listen (1992)
[ Michele Lee ][ Lee Garlington ]
Duplicates (1992)
[ Kim Greist ]
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
[ Mary Louise Parker ][ Kathy Bates ][ Mary Stuart Masterson ][ Jessica Tandy ][ Grace Zabriskie ]
Clippers (1991)
Heat Wave (1990)
[ Sally Kirkland ][ Margaret Avery ]
The Kid Who Loved Christmas (1990)
[ Vanessa Williams ][ Esther Rolle ]
The Women of Brewster Place (1989)
[ Oprah Winfrey ][ Robin Givens ][ Lynn Whitfield ][ Lonette McKee ][ Paula Kelly ]
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (1986)
[ Roxanne Hart ]
Acceptable Risks (1986)
Intimate Encounters (1986)
[ Veronica Cartwright ][ Donna Mills ]
Playing with Fire (1985)
Benny's Place (1982)
[ Anna Maria Horsford ][ Rosetta LeNoire ]
The Marva Collins Story (1981)
The Body Human: Becoming a Woman (1981)
Bustin' Loose (1981)
The Concorde: Airport '79 (1979)
[ Sylvia Kristel ][ Charo ][ Sybil Danning ][ Susan Blakely ][ Andrea Marcovicci ]
A Woman Called Moses (1978)
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich (1978)
Wilma (1977)
Just an Old Sweet Song (1976)
The River Niger (1976)
The Blue Bird (1976)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Jane Fonda ][ Ava Gardener ][ Patsy Kensit ]
Free to Be... You & Me (1974)
[ Marlo Thomas ]
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974)
[ Katherine Helmond ]
Sounder (1972)
Wednesday Night Out (1972)
[ Marcia Strassman ]
Marriage: Year One (1971)
[ Sally Field ][ Agnes Moorehead ]
Neighbors (1971)
The Enemies (1968)
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
[ Sondra Locke ]
The Comedians (1967)
[ Elizabeth Taylor ][ Lillian Gish ]
A Man Called Adam (1966)
[ Janet Dubois ][ Lola Falana ]
So Long, Patrick Henry (1965)
The Givers (1964)
Nothing But the Half Truth (1964)
The Name of the Game (1964)
Takes Sides with the Sun (1964)
The Last Angry Man (1959)
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)
[ Shelley Winters ][ Gloria Grahame ]
Carib Gold (1957)
  • 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.
  • She was married to Miles Davis by Andrew Young in the home of Bill Cosby. Bill Cosby was the best man, and gave away the bride.
  • Now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • In 1972 she and singer-actress Diana Ross were both nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" Oscars for their performances in Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and Sounder (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).
  • She has a High/middle school named after her called The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine arts.
  • Tyson won a judgment entitling her to full payment (0,000) for her appearance in the short-lived 1983 Broadway play "A Corn Is Green," An Appeals Court upheld an earlier ruling handed down in 1996 in favor of Tyson. Tyson was under contract to producer 'Elizabeth Taylor' (I) 's 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. 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.

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