Cicely's Tyson, Hollywood icon dies at 96.

 


  An award-winning icon of the stage and screen, Cicely Tyson, who broke barriers for Black actresses with surpassing dignity, was confirmed dead on Thursday. She was 96. 
The cause of the death was not reveal, in an update on CNNentertaiemt.com The actress just  chronicled her lengthy career in her first memoir, "Just As I Am," which was released on Tuesday early this week.

She had played many major character in world leading movies some  celebrated movies and television shows featuring Black women in major roles: "Sounder" (1972), "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (1974), "Roots" (1977), "The Marva Collins Story" (1981), "The Women of Brewster Place" (1989), and "The Help" (2011).

In her statement in 2016 she said her most important accomplishment was when President Barack Obama awarded her the Medal of Freedom.
In her words she described the moment as "the most important thing that could happen to me."

Tyson was born December 19, 1924, in New York to William and Theodosia Tyson.

In the 1950s she began her entertainment career as a model when she was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine, later in the mid-1960s She had substantial theater parts in the early part of the decade and was on television regularly in guest-starring roles.
 in 1972 that she had her big breakout movie role "SOUNDER".

She has been nominated for so many awards, and she has won many awards, Cicely Tyson truly is an inspiration to black women. "An Icon she was".

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