Cicely Tyson, Hollywood Icon, Dead at 96
Cicely Tyson, Hollywood Icon, Dead at 96

Cicely Tyson, , Hollywood Icon, Dead at 96.

The distinguished theater, film and television personality died on Thursday.

Tyson's manager, Larry Thompson, released a statement following her death, calling her a “privilege and blessing” to work with.


Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life.

Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree, Larry Thompson, via 'Variety'.

Tyson first broke into film in 1959 with the Harry Belafonte movie, ‘Odds Against Tomorrow.’.

She went on to star in ‘The Comedians,’ ‘The Last Angry Man,’ ‘A Man Called Adam’ and ‘The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.’.

Tyson made her return to the screen in 1972 with the film ‘Sounder,’ which earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress.


She was nominated a total of 16 times in her career.


Much of Tyson’s career took place on television, in shows such as ‘Roots,’ ‘The Wilma Rudolph Story’ and ‘The Women of Brewster Place.’.

She won two Emmys for her role in the 1974 show, ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.’ .

She won another in 1995 for best supporting actress in ‘Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.’.

Tyson also had a blooming on-stage career.

She was one of the original cast members in ‘The Blacks’ in 1961.


She went on to star in ‘Moon on a Rainbow Shawl,’ ‘Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright’ and ‘A Hand Is at the Gate.’.

In 2013, she won the Tony for best actress for her starring role in the revival of ‘A Trip to Bountiful.’