Hollywood actress Cicely Tyson dies aged 96
Pioneering Hollywood actress Cicely Tyson – who was known for portraying strong African-American
characters – has died aged 96, No cause of the death was given. The former fashion
model had a career that spanned seven decades.
Her family said In a statement: ‘With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful
transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy.
Tyson’s manager Larry Thompson said: ‘I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year
was a privilege and blessing.
Oprah Winfrey said: “She used her career to illuminate the humanity of Black people. The roles she played
reflected her values; she never compromised.”
Tyson married Jazz legend Miles Davis in 1981 in Bill Cosby’s home. In 1972, she won two Emmys for
her performance in the 1974 civil rights-era film The Autobiography of Miss Jane
Pittman. She also became the first black woman to take on a main role in the
TV drama East Side/West Side in the 1960s.
Presenting Tyson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the then US President Barack Obama,
said that apart from her achievements as an actress, she had also shaped the course of history
Cicely Tyson turned down stereotypical roles for black women, agreeing only to play characters that were
strong, positive, and realistic.