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Cicely Tyson

Birth Name:
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor, model

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

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: winner
  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Special: winner
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series: nominated
  • 1975BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1974Emmy-Actress of the Year - Special: winner
  • 1974Emmy-Best Lead Actress in Drama: winner
  • 1973Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1972National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1972National Society of Film Critics-Best Actress: winner
  • 1972Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

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