Cicely Tyson

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  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: December 19, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor; model
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Weekend TV Review: Bountiful, Resurrection, Cosmos

Just try telling Carrie Watts that you can't go home again. This elderly Texan, determined to make her way back to a town that time and everyone but she has forgot, bristles with restless gumption, fueled by an indomitable spirit that erupts in hymns she can't stop humming — or singing, as in a memorable scene set in a deserted bus station after midnight.

On Broadway, where Cicely Tyson won a Tony Award last year for her luminous performance as Carrie in a revival of The Trip to Bountiful, audiences often joined in as she sang "Blessed Assurance" in the play's rapturous high point. And for a moment, in Lifetime's languid movie adaptation (Saturday, 8/7c), you might find your own living room transformed into a choir loft.

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Kerry Washington to Host Saturday Night Live

Kerry Washington will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on Nov. 2, NBC announced Wednesday.

Washington, who stars on ABC's Scandal, will be joined by Eminem, who returns for a sixth appearance as musical guest.

Kenan Thompson blames SNL's diversity issue on lack of talented black comediennes

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Kinky Boots Wins Big at Tony Awards

Kinky Boots was the big winner at Sunday's 67th annual Tony Awards, taking home six trophies including Best Musical and Best Score (penned by Cyndi Lauper).

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Videos

Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots - webisode - Exclusive Webisode: The Impact of Roots on America
Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots - webisode - Web Exclusive: LeVar Burton's Faith
Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married To
The Help - Clip - Something Just Arrived

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The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
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Alex Cross
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The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
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The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

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The Women of Brewster Place - The Miniseries - Part 1
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The Women of Brewster Place - The Miniseries - Part 4
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The Women of Brewster Place - The Miniseries - Part 1
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The Roots

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Credits

Year Title Description
2013 The Haunting In Connecticut 2 Movie, Actor - Mama Kay
2013 Broadway Backstage TV Show Series, Appearing
2012 Up From the Bottoms TV Show Series, Narrator
2012 BET Honors 2012 TV Show Series, Appearing
2012 NAACP Image Awards TV Show Series, Appearing

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News

Keck's Exclusives: First Look: Roots Reunion on OWN

For the first time ever, Oprah Winfrey conducts an interview inside her lavish Montecito, California, estate in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Roots, the 1977 Emmy-winning ABC miniseries that exposed the horrors of slavery and triumphs of its survivors.

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Behind the Scenes of Janet Jackson's New Music Video

TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411 goes behind the scenes of Janet Jackson's latest music video, "Nothing," featuring exclusive interviews with Jackson and the filmmakers. "Nothing" appears on the soundtrack of Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? Jackson co-stars with Tyler Perry, Louis Gossett Jr., Cicely Tyson, Jill Scott, Sharon Leal and Richard T. Jones in the marital-strife sequel.

Hollywood 411's report on "Nothing" airs Wednesday at 7/6c and again on Thursday at 2:30 p.m./1:30c on the TV Guide Network.

Watch Jackson's music video for "Nothing":

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SVU Exclusive: Oscar Nominee Cicely Tyson Will Guest

Cicely Tyson will guest-star on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

Tyson will play Ondine, a preacher's wife who works with her husband to relocate former child soldiers from Africa to the U.S. to help them escape their violent lives. Benson and Stabler meet Ondine when one of the children is brutally attacked. Ondine's husband has yet to be cast.

Tyson is a two-time Emmy winner and earned an Oscar nomination for playing a sharecropper's wife in Sounder (1972). She'll next be seen in the Hallmark Channel movie Relative Stranger, which airs March 14.

Watch full episodes of Law & Order: SVU in our Online Video Guide

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ERiq La Salle Returns to TV a Stranger

Eriq La Salle will play a Relative Stranger in a Hallmark Channel original move slated for a Yuletide bow. The ER alum stars as a man who abandons his wife, kids and extended family, then returns years later when his father dies. He reunites with his estranged brood in the process. Cicely Tyson has been cast as La Salle's mom, while Michael Beach (Third Watch) plays his brother. — MWM read more

Catching Up with the Roots Cast

Leslie Uggams is working on a Lena Horne project that's en route to Broadway.Louis Gossett Jr. is heading back to Broadway with a remake of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, also starring Phylicia Rashad and directed by Debbie Allen.John Amos, of course, is currently on Men in Trees: "Maybe next year the entire cast of that show will be here."Ben Vereen just finished an episode of Grey's Anatomy and wants to go back to Broadway with a gospel-themed project.LeVar Burton is on Day 10 of the shoot for Tempting Hyenas, a feature he's directing. The cast includes himself, Alfre Woodard, Lacey Chabert and Adrienne Barbeau.Cicely Tyson jokes, "I'm looking for a job," saying she may have to pull a Bette Davis and put an ad in the newspapers. "But I, for most of my career, have been unemployed," she says, before noting, "I actually have a number of things in the works."There's awkwardness as Cicely and LeVar get into some sort of debate about the state of today's long-form television and Roots' legacy. read more

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