Cicely Tyson, legendary actor known for ‘Sounder’, dies at 96

She was nominated for an Oscar for her part in “Sounder” and got a Tony Award in 2013 when she was 88.

Cicely Tyson, an legendary film, TV and stage entertainer known for “Sounder” and other roles, kicked the bucket Thursday at 96 years old, her family said.

“With heavy heart, the family of Miss Cicely Tyson announces her peaceful transition this afternoon,” her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement. “At this time, please allow the family their privacy.”

A reason for death was not promptly given.

Tyson was born and raised in Harlem and was first found as a model for Ebony Magazine. She started her screen vocation with bit parts however acquired acclaim in the mid 1970s when Black ladies were at last beginning to get featuring jobs.

Tyson featured as Rebecca Morgan, a tenant farmer in the 1972 film “Sounder” and was selected for best entertainer at the Academy Awards the following year.

Tyson additionally won two Emmy grants for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” and in 2013 she won a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful.”

In 2016, President Barack Obama granted Tyson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s most noteworthy regular citizen honor, and the year prior to that she got the Kennedy Center Honors lifetime accomplishment award.

Obama in introducing Tyson the decoration of opportunity in 2016 said she molded the course of history.

“Cicely made a conscious decision not just to say lines but to speak out,” Obama said. “I would not accept roles, she said, unless they projected us, particularly women, in a realistic light and dealt with us as human beings.”

Tyson’s memoir, “Just as I Am: A Memoir,” came out this week.

In 2018, Tyson was gotten some information about the accomplishment of Black ladies in Hollywood, similar to Viola Davis and Kerry Washington, and about effective movies, similar to “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time,” and she said it was high time.

“It’s long overdue, I can tell you that,” Tyson told NBC News. ” It has always been there. We have been a race of people that have been suppressed out of fear and finally we have been able to get a hold on the power that this industry wields.”

“It’s certainly because of our stick-to-it-iveness,” she said.

Thompson, Tyson’s administrator, said he dealt with her profession for forty years “and each year was a privilege and blessing.”

“Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life,” Thompson said. “Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

While Tyson didn’t win the Oscar in 1973, she was granted a privileged Oscar in 2018 for her collection of work.

Among her numerous prominent jobs, she showed up in 1991’s “Fried Green Tomatoes,” 2005’s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “The Help,” which came out in 2011.

Tyson showed up in the arrangement “Roots,” in which she played he played Binta, mother of the hero, Kunta Kinte. She additionally played Coretta Scott King in the 1978 arrangement “King” and Harriet Tubman in the arrangement “A Woman Called Moses,” which likewise came out that year.

In 1994, she won an Emmy for her job as Castalia in “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.”

At the function where she got her privileged Oscar, Tyson mirrored that 45 years prior she had been offered her first significant film, “Sounder.” Looking back at her long profession, she discussed the significance of confidence and conviction, and she noticed that in one month she would be 94 years of age.

“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. “

The Academy was among the many grieving her. “Early in her career, Cicely Tyson promised herself that she would only portray strong women. Harriet Tubman. Coretta Scott King. Miss Jane Pittman, and so many others,” the Academy tweeted, adding “she led by example and will be missed.”

Recognitions for Tyson hailed her as somebody who made ready for other people. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Focus said, “Trailblazer is not a sufficient description,” calling Tyson “a legendary artist, sage and matriarch.”

The rapper and entertainer Common tweeted, “While she may be gone, her work and life will continue to inspire millions for years to come,” and the astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson called her “a force of nature unto herself.”

Broadway star Tracie Thoms expressed gratitude toward Tyson: “I have no words. Just thank you, Madame Cicely Tyson. We are, because YOU paved the way for us. A queen and a trailblazer indeed.”