Cicely Tyson, Groundbreaking Award-Winning Actress, Was the Epitome of Ageless Grace and Elegance

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement. “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.”

Cicely Tyson was 96 years old. There are going to be stories everywhere about her remarkable life. She was married at one time to Miles Davis. How she survived it is probably a movie unto itself. She will be remembered for so many roles over her life time, but the greatest was probably “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.” She won two Emmys for that one, was nominated for an Oscar for “Sounder.”

She secured five Emmy nominations in a row playing Viola Davis’s mother on “How to Get Away with Murder” from 2015 to 2020.

Like Cloris Leachman, who died yesterday, Miss Tyson won tons of awards, all deserved, she was the essence of elegance and grace.

Two stories. Two years ago, in March, I ran into her on the Upper West Side. I wrote about it. She was dragging a rolling cart with files and had stopped into Maison Kayser across from the Beacon Theater. I re-introduced myself, we’d met many times. I asked what was in the cart. “Papers concerning my next play,” she said. Did she want any assistance, I asked? She said, sweetly, “Oh no, why would I?” The rest of the story is here.

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SOURCE: Showbiz411, Roger Friedman