Cicely Tyson Gave Her Final Interview Just Days Before Her Passing

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Further in her career she also received three Emmy Awards, a SAG award, a Tony Award and an honorary Oscar.

She returned to the big screen in 1972 with "Sounder", earning her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She also recalled the moment that convinced her to use her platform as a Black woman in Hollywood to advocate for social change - a decision that almost derailed her career.

Rhimes shared her memories of working with Tyson on How to Get Away with Murder on Instagram, writing, "She was an extraordinary person".

The actress chronicled her lengthy career in her first memoir, "Just As I Am", which was just released Tuesday. "From her iconic roles and dedication to her craft, to being the first Black Women to wear her hair naturally on TV, to being my first movie grandmother and guiding me with such care. her impact is TRULY INCALCULABLE #RestInPower".

In the 1974 television drama The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, based on a novel by Ernest J. Gaines, Tyson is seen ageing from a young woman in slavery to a 110-year-old who campaigned for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

"The idea for the ball originated because I wanted to celebrate HER, and other remarkable Black women who carved a path and built a bridge for me and generations to follow". She said what she wanted to say.dropped the mic. and was escorted by angels. We talked about acting and she told me to wait "God told me to tell you its not your fault" and I burst into tears because at that time I was being blamed for something that was truly not within my control. "An artist of the highest order, I will love her forever..."

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"I'm amazed every single day I live", she said in response to being asked how it feels to be amazed. In the 1960's Hollywood saw a rise in films focused on the exploitation of Black people, but Tyson repeatedly refused roles such as maids and prostitutes which she saw as reinforcing negative stereotypes.

The series aired in 1963 and marked the first time an African American starred in a television drama.

After years playing small roles in television and Off Broadway, her breakthrough came in 1972's Sounder, where she played the matriarch of a family struggling to survive during the Great Depression after her husband (played by Paul Winfield) is arrested for stealing to feed his family.

She also won two Emmys for the same TV movie, The Autobiography Of Miss Jane Pittman - one for best actress in a miniseries or movie and one for actress of the year. It is still shocking that it did not happen before then, and she paved the way for nearly sixty years of actors to step into these roles. She was nominated for Emmys several other times, including for Roots, King, The Marva Collins Story, Sweet Justice and A Lesson Before Dying.

The actress had a 20-year-long relationship with Jazz legend Miles Davis, albeit on and off. She tried to say no to wearing a terrifically large hat to Aretha Franklin's 2018 funeral, only to be overruled by her designer.

Whoopi Goldberg said Tyson has been "escorted home by angels". I hadn't seen the movie in years. She was as regal as they come.

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