Tonight, we honor one of Hollywood’s most iconic treasures, Cicely Tyson. Tyson was known for breaking barriers and being a transcendent talent amongst her peers. The award-winning actress died on Thursday at the age of 96.
The entertainer wore many hats, having a multitude of talents both off and on the stage and screen. She starred in movies such as: “Sounder” (1972), “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1974), “Roots” (1977), The TV miniseries “King” (1978), “A Woman Called Moses” (1978), “The Women of Brewster Place” (1989), “Hoodlum” (1997), “The Rosa Parks Story” (2002), “The Help” (2011) and ABC hit television series, “How to Get Away With Murder” (2017).
Born in December of 1924, Tyson came from humbled beginnings. She was raised in New York to her parents, William and Theodosia Tyson. She loved to try new things and entered the entertainment industry as a model.
The actress also was an author, who recently released her first memoir, “Just As I Am.” In 2016, she was honored by President Barack Obama with the Medal of Freedom.
Many celebrities took to social media to express their love for the actress.
Tyler Perry took to Instagram to share stories he had with the late actress, expressing, “My heart breaks in one beat while celebrating her life in the next.”
Co-star, Viola Davis also penned a heartfelt message stating,” I’m devastated. My heart is broken. I loved you so much.”
Award-winning director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey also paid tribute, conveying their love and appreciation for the actress.
Cicely leaves behind her only child, to whom she called Joan in her memoir. How are you remembering Ms. Tyson? May her soul rest in peace.