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Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson needs no introduction. Her storied career as both pioneer and numerous award-winning actress has made her a national treasure.

In 1962, Cicely became the first black actress to co-star in a television drama series, East Side / West Side. Cicely is probably best known on the television side for her Emmy-Award winning performance in The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All and her double-Emmy-Award winning performance in The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman. In 2009, Cicely was nominated for an Emmy for her work Hallmark's TV movie Relative Strangers.

On the feature side, Cicely is easily recognizable for her Academy Award-nominated performance in SOUNDER. Most recently, Cicely has appeared in TYLER PERRY'S DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN and MADEA'S FAMILY REUNION. Some of her other film credits, to name a few, include A WOMAN CALLED MOSES, THE MARVA COLLINS STORY, THE WOMAN OF BREWSTER PLACE, BLESSED ASSURANCE, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, KING, MAMA FLORA'S FAMILY and A LESSON BEFORE DYING. Cicely will next be seen in MR TAMBOURINE MAN.

2009 marked an important moment for Cicely as well as the art community of Orange, New Jersey with the unveiling of the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts on October 24, 2009.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Cicely Tyson Facts

OccupationActress
BirthdayDecember 19, 1933 (83)
SignSagittarius
BirthplaceHarlem, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman
Because Of Winn-Dixie
Fried Green Tomatoes
Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion
Hoodlum
Roots
Madea's Family Reunion
Episode 2
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