Tributes Pour In For Iconic Actress Cicely Tyson After She Passes Away At 96
Her new "Just As I Am" memoir was released just this week.
January 29, 2021 at 3:48 am
Beloved actress, model and arts philanthropist Cicely Tyson passed away on Thursday at 96 years old, her manager Larry Thompson announced this week.
In a statement, Thompson told Variety that it has been an honor to work with her through the years and that her memoir, Just As I Am, which was released on Tuesday, was considered by Tyson to be one of the more personal treasures she’s shared with the world.
“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said. “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.”
Tyson became the first Black woman to win an Emmy Award as a lead actress for her remarkable performance as a woman aging from 23 to 110, from the 1850s to the civil rights era, in the 1974 CBS TV film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
She would go on to play several Black historical figures like civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, educator Marva Collins and abolitionist Harriet Tubman. She played the mother of Kunta Kinte in the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots and the role of Rosa Parks’ mother in the 2002 film The Rosa Parks Story.
"I saw that I could not afford the luxury of just being an actress. So I made the choice to use my career as a platform to address the issues of the race I was born into," Tyson told The New York Times in 2013.
Several fans and celebrities posted tributes of the late legend on their social media accounts.