Cicely Tyson was discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, and became a popular fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957, but she went on to do television – the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the long-running 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.

In 1966 she starred opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in the film, A Man Called Adam, and in 1967, she appeared in The Comedians. The following year she had a featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. 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 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, for which she received her third Emmy award.

In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies Because of Winn-Dixie and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Also the same year she was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball. Tyson co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She was married to Miles Davis from 1981 to 1988.

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  • She’s so beautiful and classy. I admire her so much. Great post.