Cicely Tyson

Celebrity

Biography

  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: December 19, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor; model
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Cicely Tyson Fast Facts:
  • Worked as a typist after high school.
  • Became one of the top U.S. black models in the late 1950s, appearing on the covers of such magazines as Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.  
  • Appeared as Jane Foster in the acclaimed East Side/West Side in 1963; it was the first drama series to feature a black woman in a recurring role. 
  • Refused to appear in blaxploitation films despite their popularity in the 1970s. 
  • Cofounder of the renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem.
  • Had an East Orange, N.J., performing and fine arts school named in her honor in 1995.
  • Was honored at Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball in 2005.
  • In 2009, she received an honorary degree from Morehouse College, an all-male college. 
  • Appeared in Willow Smith's video for the song "21st Century Girl" in 2011.
  • Is an activist for raising awareness to prevent strokes.
  • Is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
  • Cicely Tyson Relationships:
  • Theodosia Tyson - Mother
  • Miles Davis - Ex-husband
  • William Tyson - Father
  • Cicely Tyson Awards:
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special - Winner
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Actress of the Year - Special - Winner
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Television Movie - Nominee
  • 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1973 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1974 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series - Nominee
  • 1974 Emmy: Best Lead Actress in Drama - Winner
  • 1972 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2013 Tony: Actress (Play) - Winner
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1982 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special - Nominee
  • 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards: Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended New York University, New York, NY

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