Screen goddess Cicely Tyson has passed on. She was 96. Larry Thompson, her manager, made the announcement on Thursday.
The history maker died two days after her memoir, ‘Just as I Am’ was published.
Actress Cicely Tyson, specialized in portraying strong Black women caught up in life’s struggles during a 60-year career that earned her three Emmys and a Tony Award.
She also won a supporting actress Emmy for her role in The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
Tyson was later honoured with an Oscar statuette, a recognition for extraordinary lifetime achievement and exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences.
“I don’t know that I would cherish a better gift than this. This is the culmination of all those years of have and have-not”, she said in her acceptance speech.
The screen legend portrayed several real-life American heroines during her glorious career.
Aside from film, the legendary thespian also made her mark in television. She had roles in “The Wilma Rudolph Story,” “Miss Jane Pittman,” “Roots,” “A Woman Called Moses,” “King: The Martin Luther King Story,” “When No One Would Listen” and many more.