FILE – Cicely Tyson is arriving on the 61st September to the 61 Primetime Emmy Awards 20, 2009, in Los Angeles Tyson, the pioneering black actress who received an Academy Award nomination for her role as wife of the entrant in “Sounder,” a 2013 Tony Award at the age of 88, and in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman “touched the hearts of television viewers, died. She was 96 years old. Tyson’s death was announced by her family through her manager Larry Thompson, who did not immediately provide additional details (AP Photo / Matt Sayles, file)

NEW YORK – Cicely Tyson, the pioneering black actress who received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Wife of Entrant in “Sounder,” a 2013 Tony Award at age 88, and the hearts of television viewers on “The Autobiography of Miss.” Jane Pittman ”touched Died on Thursday at the age of 96

Tyson’s death was announced by her family through her manager Larry Thompson, who did not immediately provide additional details

“It is with a heavy heart that the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announce their peaceful transition this afternoon. Please allow the family their privacy at this time,” said a statement by Thompson

As a one-time model, she started her film career with small parts, but rose to fame in the early 1970s when black women finally started getting lead roles, and Tyson refused to take parts just for the paycheck and remained picky

“I’m very picky because I’ve spent my entire career doing what I am sorry to say, I’m not the type who just works for money – it has to have real substance for me to do it,” she told The Associated in 2013 Press

Honors from Broadway and Hollywood poured in, including from Tracie Thomas, who thanked her for paving the way. “A Queen and a Trailblazer,” she wrote on Twitter. Marlee Matlin wrote, “She was a consumerist and everyone Classes ”

In addition to her Oscar nomination, she won two Emmys for the role of the 110-year-old ex-slave in the 1974 television drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” A new generation of moviegoers saw her in 2011 in the hit “The Help”

In 2018 she received an Oscar statuette at the annual Governors Awards. “I come from a low status I grew up in an area that was then called slums,” said Tyson at the time. “I still cannot imagine myself being presidents, kings And met queens How did I get here? I am amazed ”

Donald Bogle wrote in “Blacks in American Film and Television,” describing Tyson as “a striking figure: slender and intense with near-perfect bone structure, gorgeous smooth skin, dark, penetrating eyes, and a regal atmosphere that made her seem like a woman with convictions and engagement (audience) felt their power and reach ”

“Sounder”, based on the William H Hunter Roman was the 1972 film that confirmed her fame Tyson was cast as the wife of a Depression-era sharecropper (Paul Winfield) who is in jail for stealing a piece of meat for his family, and she is forced to pay for hers To care for children and to look after the harvest

The New York Times reviewer wrote, “She passes all of her light beauty to finally give us a sense of the deep beauty of millions of black women”

Her performance garnered rave reviews, and Tyson won an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress of 1972

In an interview on Turner Classic Movies’ cable channel, she recalled being asked to test a minor role in the film and said she wanted to play mother Rebecca. She was told, “You are too young, you are too pretty, you’re too sexy, you’re too that, you’re that too, and I said, “I’m an actress” “

In 2013, at the age of 88, Tyson won the Tony for Best Actress in a play to revive Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful”, which was the first time the actress was back on Broadway in three decades and she refused to gently turn away when the teleprompter told her to end her acceptance speech

“Please wrap it up,” it says. That is exactly what you did to me: You took me in your arms after 30 years, “she told the crowd. She hadn’t prepared a speech (” I think it’s presumptuous, “said she later told the AP “I burned half my time wondering what I would say”

She repeated her winning role in Lifetime Television, which was shown at the White House. She returned to Broadway with James Earl Jones in 2015 to revive “The Gin Game”

In the 1974 television drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” based on a novel by Ernest J Gaines, Tyson is aging from a young woman in slavery to a 110-year-old advocating the civil rights movement of the 1960s

During the touching climax, she struggles to an “only white” water fountain and has a drink while white officers watch

“It’s important that you see and hear the story from Miss Jane’s point of view,” Tyson told the New York Times. “And I think they’ll be more willing to accept it from her than from someone younger.”

New York film critic Pauline Kael praised her: “She is an actress, in order and as persistent and honest in her methods as any other we have”

At the Emmy Awards, “Pittman” won several awards, including two awards for Tyson, Best Actress in a Drama and Best Actress in a Special

“People ask me what I love to do – film, stage, television? I say, “I would have done Jane Pittman in the basement or in a store,” It’s the role that determines where I go, “she told the AP

Tyson made her film debut in the late 1950s with small roles in such films as “Odds Against Tomorrow,” “The Last Angry Man,” and “The Comedians.” She played the romantic interest for Sammy Davis Jr`s jazz musician in” A Man Called Adam “

She became famous with a recurring role in the 1963 drama series “East Side, West Side” starring George C. Scott as a social worker, Tyson played his secretary, becoming the first black woman to have an ongoing role in a dramatic TV series played

She played a role in the 1968 drama “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter”, which one reviewer dubbed the “absolute embodiment of the slogan” Black is beautiful “in” Roots, “the 1977 miniseries that became one of the greatest As events in TV history became, she played Binta, mother of the protagonist Kunta Kinte, played by LeVar Burton

She also appeared on Broadway in the 1960s in “The Cool World”, “Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright” and other plays on Off-Broadway. She appeared in a production of the French with future stars such as Maya Angelou, Godfrey Cambridge and James Earl Jones Playwright Jean Genet “The Blacks”

She won a Drama Desk Award in 1962 for a role on the off-Broadway “Moon on a Rainbow Shawl”

After her successes on “Sounder” and “Miss Jane Pittman,” Tyson continued to search for TV roles with news, and she hit with “Roots” and “King” (via Martin Luther King) and “The Rosa Parks Story” “

She complained to an interviewer: “We black actresses have played so many prostitutes, drug addicts and housemaids, always negative. I won’t play this characterless role again, even if I starve again”

She continued with such films as “The Blue Bird,” “Concorde – Airport ’79,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Grass Harp,” and Tyler Perry’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” ”

She won an Emmy for supporting actress in 1994 for “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. She has been nominated for Emmys several times, including” Roots “,” King “,” The Marva Collins Story “,” Sweet Justice “and” A Lesson Before Dying “”

For the past few years she has been part of a panel discussion for Cherish the Day, an eight episode OWN anthology series created and produced by Ava DuVernay

Tyson’s parents moved from the island of Nevis in the Caribbean to New York, where Cicely (her name was spelled early as Cecily and Sicely) was born the youngest of three children in 1924. When their parents separated, the mother went on charity at 9 and sold Cicely shopping bags on the streets of East Harlem

By the time she graduated from high school, she found work as a secretary with the Red Cross. Her flashy appearance led friends to advise her to start modeling, and that led to drama schools, theater, movies, and television

“My mother told me I couldn’t live in her house anymore because I was determined to be an actress,” she told an interviewer in 1990, “I said ‘OK’ and moved out”

Tyson was once married to jazz star Miles Davis and their wedding took place in 1981 at Bill Cosby’s Greenfield, Massachusetts home, which was attended by notable figures in show business.They divorced in 1988

Tyson was never hard to spot when she tried to say no when she wore an incredibly large hat to Aretha Franklin’s 2018 funeral, only to be overridden by her designer, the hat would go viral

“In my career I would never have thought that a hat would show me off! And I didn’t mean to wear it, “Tyson said later. I said, ‘I can’t wear this hat, I’ll block the view of the people behind me, they won’t be able to see and they’ll call me all sorts of names.” He saw me just cut in and said, “Put your hat on” ‘

She stopped by and told the AP that she considered the hat to be a tribute to Franklin’s appearance at Obama’s inauguration

FILE – Cicely Tyson arrives on the second night of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. on 15, 2019, in Los Angeles Tyson, the groundbreaking black actress who received an Oscar nomination for her role as the wife of the entrant in “Sounder,” a 2013 Tony Award at the age of 88, and in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman “touched the hearts of television viewers, died. She was 96 years old. Tyson’s death was announced by her family through her manager Larry Thompson, who did not immediately provide additional details (Photo by Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, file).” / p>

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