February 5, 2023

Cicely Tyson has died at age 96, her longtime supervisor Larry Thompson confirmed on January 28.

Tyson started her seven-decade-spanning profession as a style mannequin earlier than transferring into tv, movie, and on-stage appearing. A pioneer for Black ladies within the arts, Tyson refused to play any function that may very well be thought of demeaning and have become the primary Black actor to carry a recurring function in a tv present in 1963’s East Aspect/West Aspect. Tyson was married to jazz legend Miles Davis for seven years from 1981 to 1988.

She gained her first two of three Emmy Awards in 1974 for her title function in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Most not too long ago, she was the Academy Honorary Award winner in 2018 and a five-time Emmy Award nominee for Excellent Visitor Actress in a Drama Collection for How To Get Away With Homicide from 2015 to 2020. Final yr noticed Tyson honored with a Profession Achievement Peabody Award and an induction into the Tv Corridor of Fame.

Simply days earlier than her loss of life, Tyson joined Radio Andy’s Bevy Smith for a City Corridor occasion to debate her new memoir Simply As I Am, her life, legacy, and storied seven-decade profession. The particular will air on January 29 at 5pm ET on Radio Andy (Ch. 102) and all through the weekend.

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