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Cicely Tyson Biography

Cicely L. Tyson (born December 19, 1933)is an American actress. Tyson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972). For this role she also won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. She starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), for which she won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA Award.

Throughout her career she has been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards, winning three. In 2011 she appeared in The Help, for which she received awards for her ensemble work as Constantine from the BFCA and SAG Awards and she has an additional three SAG Award nominations. She starred on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as Carrie Watts, for which she won the Tony Award, Outer Critics Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play. She previously received a Drama Desk Award in 1962 for her Off-Broadway performance in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.

Early life

Tyson was born and raised in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, the daughter of Theodosia, a domestic, and William Tyson, who worked as a carpenter, a painter, or any other jobs he could find. Her parents were immigrants from the island of Nevis of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies; Her father arrived in New York City at age 21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919.

Career

Tyson was discovered or found by a photographer for Ebony magazine and became a popular fashion model. Her first credited film role was in Carib Gold in 1956, but she went on to do television such as the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the soap opera The Guiding Light.

In 1961, Tyson appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet's The Blacks, the longest running off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, running for 1,408 performances. The original cast also featured James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Louis Gossett, Jr., Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone. She appeared with Sammy Davis, Jr. in the film A Man Called Adam (1966) and starred in the film version of Graham Greene's The Comedians (1967). Tyson had a featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), and appeared in a segment of the film Roots.

In 1972, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the critically acclaimed Sounder. In 1974, she won two Emmy Awards for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Other acclaimed television roles included Roots; King, in which she portrayed Coretta Scott King, The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen, and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, for which she received her third Emmy Award.

In 1982, she was awarded the Women in Film [[Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards#THE CRYSTAL AWARD|Crystal Award]] for outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. In 1991 she appeared in the film Fried Green Tomatoes as Sipsey.

In her 1994"95 television series Sweet Justice, Tyson portrayed a civil rights activist Southern attorney named Carrie Grace Battle, a character she shaped by consulting with and shadowing the legendary Washington, D.C. civil rights and criminal defense lawyer Dovey Johnson Roundtree. In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies Because of Winn-Dixie and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The same year she was honored at Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball.

The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, a magnet school in East Orange, New Jersey, was renamed in her honor. She plays an active part in supporting the school, which serves one of New Jersey's most underprivileged African-American communities. In 2010, Tyson narrated the "Paul Robeson Award"-winning documentary, Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream. In 2010 she appeared in Tyler Perry's film, Why Did I Get Married Too? In 2011, Tyson appeared in her first music video in Willow Smith's 21st Century Girl. That same year she played Constantine Jefferson in The Help.

At the 67th Tony Awards on June 9, 2013, Tyson won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Miss Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful. She also won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play for the role.

Personal life

Tyson married legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis on November 26, 1981. The ceremony was conducted by Atlanta mayor Andrew Young at the home of actor Bill Cosby. Tyson and Davis divorced in 1988. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. On May 17, 2009, Tyson received an honorary degree from Morehouse College, an all-male college. In 2010, she was awarded the Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.

Other

Tyson is on the Board of Selectors ofJefferson Awards for Public Service.

Credits

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Odds Against Tomorrow Jazz Club bartender
1959 ' Girl Left on Porch (uncredited)
1966 ' Claudia Ferguson
1967 ' Marie Therese
1968 ' Portia
1972 Sounder Rebecca Morgan Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated "? Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated "? Golden Globe Award for Best Actress " Motion Picture Drama
1976 ' Tylette, The Cat
1976 ' Mattie Williams
1978 ' Sweets 1978 King Coretta King
1979 ' Elaine
1981 Bustin' Loose Vivian Perry
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Sipsey
1997 Hoodlum Stephanie St. Clair Nominated "? Acapulco Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Nominated "? NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2001 ' Herself (short subject) (uncredited)
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie Gloria Dump
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Myrtle NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated "? BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Theatrical Film
Nominated "? Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
2006 Madea's Family Reunion Myrtle
2006 Fat Rose and Squeaky Celine
2006 Idlewild Mother Hopkins
2007 Rwanda Rising Voice of Jeanette Nyirabagarwa (documentary)
2009 Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream Narrator (documentary)
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? Ola
2011 ' Constantine Bates Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated " NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2012 Alex Cross Nana Mama
2013 The Haunting in Georgia TBA post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1962 ' Betty Ann Warner Episode: "Frieda"
1963 Naked City Episode: "Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle"
1963"64 East Side/West Side (26 episodes)
1965 Slattery's People Sarah Brookman Episode: "Question: Who You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?"
1965"66 I Spy Princess Amara
Vickie Harmon
Episode: "So Long, Patrick Henry"
Episode: "Trial by Treehouse"
1966 Guiding Light Martha Frazier
1967 Cowboy in Africa Julie Anderson Episode: "Tomorrow on the Wind"
1967 Judd for the Defense Lucille Evans Episode: "Commitment"
1968"69 ' Julie Harmon
Lainey Harber
Episode: "The Enemies"
Episode: "Silent Partners"
1969 Medical Center Susan Wiley Episode: "The Last 10 Yards"
1969 ' Betty Kelly Episode: "Guess Who's Coming for Lunch"
1970 Gunsmoke Rachel Biggs Episode: "The Scavengers"
1970 Mission: Impossible Alma Ross Episode: "Death Squad"
1970 ' Mildred Hermosa Episode: "Blind Date"
1970 Here Come the Brides Princess Lucenda Episode: "A Bride for Obie Brown"
1971 Insight Episode: "The Bird of the Mast"
1971 Marriage: Year One Emma Teasley (unsold pilot)
1971 Neighbors
1972 Emergency! Mrs. Johnson Episode: "Crash"
1972 Wednesday Night Out
1974 ' Jane Pittman Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
Emmy Award for Actress of the Year " Special
Nominated "? BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
1974 Free to Be? You and Me Herself
1976 Just an Old Sweet Song Priscilla Simmons
1977 Roots Binta Miniseries
Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
1977 Wilma Blanche Rudolph
1978 King Coretta Scott King Miniseries
Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
1978 ' Harriet Ross Tubman
1981 ' Marva Collins NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
1982 Benny's Place Odessa
1985 Playing with Fire Carol Phillips
1986 Intimate Encounters Dr. Claire Dalton
1986 Acceptable Risks Janet Framm
1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Muriel NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1989 ' Mrs. Browne
1990 ' Etta
1990 B.L. Stryker Ruth Hastings Episode: "Winner Takes All"
1990 Heat Wave Ruthana Richardson CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1991 Clippers Donna Unsold pilot
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Sipsey
1992 Duplicates Dr. Randolph
1992 When No One Would Listen Sarah
1993 House of Secrets Evangeline
1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave/Maid Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated "? NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated "? Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1994"95 Sweet Justice Carrie Grace Battle Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress " Drama Series
Nominated "? Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
1996 ' Jordan Roosevelt NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best TV Actress
Nominated "? CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated "? Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1997 Bridge of Time Guardian
1997 Riot Maggie Segment: "Homecoming Day"
Nominated "? CableACE Award for Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
1997 Ms. Scrooge Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
1997 The Price Of Heaven (Blessed Assurance) Vesta Lotte Battle
1998 Always Outnumbered Luvia
1998 Mama Flora's Family Mama Flora NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1999 ' Tante Lou Black Reel Award for Network/Cable " Best Supporting Actress
Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated "? NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Emily Lincoln
2000 Touched by an Angel Abby Episode: "Living the Rest of My Life"
2000 ' Justice Gretchen Parkhurst Episode: "Final Appeal"
2001 Jewel Cathedral
2002 ' Leona Edwards McCauley Black Reel Award for Network/Cable " Best Supporting Actress
2005 Higglytown Heroes Great Aunt Shirley Hero Episode: "Wayne's 100 Special Somethings"
2009 Relative Stranger Pearl Nominated "? NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Nominated "? Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress " Miniseries or a Movie
2009 Law and Order: SVU Ondine Burdett Episode "Hell"

Theatre

Year Title Role Theatre
1957 Dark of the Moon Little Theatre
1959 Jolly's Progress Jolly (understudy) Longacre Theatre
1960 ' Girl Eugene O'Neill Theatre
1961 ' Stephanie Virtue Diop St. Mark's Playhouse
1962 Moon on a Rainbow Shawl East 11th Street Theater
1962 Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright Celeste Chipley
Adelaide Smith (understudy)
Booth Theatre
1963 ' Joan Masque Theatre
1963 Trumpets of the Lord Rev. Marion Alexander Astor Place Theatre
1966 ' Performer Longacre Theatre
1968 Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights Myrna Jessup John Golden Theatre
1969 To Be Young, Gifted and Black Various Cherry Lane Theatre
1969 Trumpets of the Lord Rev. Marion Alexander Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1983 ' Miss Moffat Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
2013 ' Miss Carrie Watts Stephen Sondheim Theatre



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