Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson passed away on Jan. 28 at the age of 96.
Tyson’s family announced her death through a statement issued by her manager, Larry Thompson.
“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon. At this time, please allow the family their privacy.”
No further details were provided.
Tyson starred in movies featuring Black women in major roles, including “Sounder” (1972), “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” (1974), “Roots” (1977), “The Marva Collins Story” (1981), “The Women of Brewster Place” (1989), and “The Help” (2011).
Levar Burton, her co-star in “Roots”, shared this message on social media:
“Cicely Tyson was my first screen Mom.. Elegance, warmth, beauty, wisdom, style and abundant grace. She was as regal as they come. An artist of the highest order, I will love her forever… ♥️ RIP”
Tyson’s only Academy Award nomination was for her role in “Sounder”. She did win an Oscar when she won an honourary Oscar in 2018. She is the only Black woman such honoured.
She won best actress in a drama and actress of the year Emmy awards for her role as the title character in the television movie “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”
During her career, she won a total of three Emmy Awards out of 15 nominations.
Tyson said the most important thing that happened to her was receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016.
“I am one of three children, grew up in the area that is now known as El Barrio and that was the East Side (of New York). To come from there to the White House with the first black President … to put that medal around my neck: Where can you go from there?”
Tyson’s memoir, Just As I Am, was published this week.
SOURCES: CBC.COM, CNN.COM