If she were a singer as well as an actress, there is now doubt that Cicely Tyson would have her name listed among those who have the letters EGOT behind their name.

Tyson does not have a Grammy Award, but she is now a POET.  With three Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and an Oscar in her trophy case; Tyson will soon add a Peabody Award to her collection with the Career Achievement Award honouring her work and impact on American culture.

Since making her Broadway debut in 1959 in “Jolly’s Progress”, she has appeared in seven more productions including the revival of “A Trip to Bountiful” for which she earned her Tony Award.

Tyson made her screen debut in 1951 on the television series “Frontiers of Faith”.  From there she went on to appear in nearly 100 film and television productions including “East Side/West Side”, “Mission: Impossible”, “Sounder”, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”, “Roots”, “King”, “A Woman Called Moses”, “Sweet Justice”, “Touched By an Angel”, “The Rosa Parks Story”, “The Help”, “The Trip to Bountiful”, “Cherish the Day”, and “How to Get Away with Murder”.

Her other accomplishments include induction into the Theatre and Black Filmmakers Halls of Fame and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Born in Harlem, Tyson is a first generation American born to parents from the Caribbean Island Nevis.  Her career began as a model.


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