"Cicely Tyson: In Her Own Words ” premieres Sunday , January 31 at 7:00 PM ET/PT on BET and 8PM/7C on BET Her ".
Tyson knew how to teach-without instructing or lecturing-by inviting us deep into another person's world, another person's history.
Born December 19, 1924, in NY to William and Theodosia Tyson, Tyson As an adult, Tyson began her entertainment career as a model when she was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine in the 1950s. Tyson had recently completed a memoir, "Just As I Am", which was released just this week.
Mr Obama honoured civil rights activist Tyson with the highest civilian honour in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2016, and praised her on and off-screen legacy. She also portrayed Binta, Kunta Kinte's mother, in the first episode of "Roots", based on Alex Haley's Pulitzer-winning novel about his family.
'I constantly felt her spirit over me.
She was honoured several more times throughout her 70-year career on stage and screen. Nobody possessed her grace, intellect and sensitivity. They dated in 1966 but parted ways after a few years.
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Tyson and Davis divorced in 1989, and the jazz legend died in 1991. I'm blessed to have known her and bathed in her wisdom.
Fans and friends of the multi-Emmy star took to social media to honor the life of Cicely, with Oprah posting one of her most iconic interviews. When she was 17, she became pregnant with Franklin's child.
"You know, I never shed a tear about that until this moment", Tyson told her interviewer as she became choked up. In the film, Tyson then-40something, conveyed three generations in an wonderful transformation that revealed her range and extraordinary acting ability. He didn't need to.
The long distance between them, Tyson wrote, was painful. "My heart goes out to her family and loved ones".
She also opened up about being sexually assaulted by a well-known acting coach earlier on in her career. The Diary of a Mad Black Woman star began modeling in the 1950s before landing a role in the 1957 film Carib Gold.
Tyson's most praised performances were produced in historical works such as the 1972 film "Sounder", in which she played the wife of a Louisiana outcrop. Sounder launched her career and earned her multiple movies and TV shows like Fried Green Tomatoes, Mama Flora's Family, and The Women of Brewster Place. She used her career to illuminate the humanity in Black people.
At the age of 17, she gave birth to a daughter to whom she dedicated her memoir. "But when a good part came along she grabbed hold of it with tenacity", Variety magazine writes.