Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson, groundbreaking award-winning actor, dead at 96

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” died Thursday at age 96.

In a notable career for decades, she refused to take on parts that demeaned blacks and won the Tony, Emmys, and prestigious Oscars.

Cecil Tyson, the painful, screen and television actress of powerful African-American women who broke the racial stereotypes of the 1970s drama, died on Thursday. Cicely Tyson is 96 years old.

Her death was announced by her longtime manager Larry Thompson.

In a remarkable career of seven decades, Ms Cicely Tyson advocated for serious black actors by refusing to take shares that demeaned blacks. Cicely Tyson asked her black colleagues to do the same. She criticized films and television programs that portrayed black characters as criminal, servant, or immoral, and insisted that African-Americans should be portrayed with dignity, whether poor or oppressed.

Cicely Tyson face and willow frame, which stood out even in the 90s, were familiar to millions in more than 100 films, television and stage roles. Traditionally given only to white actors. Cicely Tyson won three Emmys and numerous awards from civil rights and women’s groups, making Tony the oldest person to win at 88. 2013 Broadway role for the revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip of Bountiful.

The 93-year-old won an honorary Oscar and entered the American Theater in 2018 and the Television Hall of Fame in 2020. In 2020, Cicely Tyson also won the Career Achievement Peabody Award.