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Cicely Tyson Bio, Age, Children, Net Worth, Movies, TV Shows & Wiki

Cicely Tyson is a renowned American actress who is best recognized for her appearance as Rebecca Morgan in the movie ‘Sounder’. A high-profile actress, Tyson, through her strength and perfection created a stand for herself in the field of entertainment that delivered her an iconic African American personality to reckon with. Despite coming from a culture that ragged black women as ‘worthless’, Tyson not just showed it otherwise but also advanced the bar for the position of women and their engagement in the entertainment industry. Unlike other actresses who believed whatever performances came their way, Tyson was remarkably choosy about her work.

More than often, she flatly declined to do movies, or take parts individually for the paycheck. She was remarkably selective about the characters she chose as she wanted them to have depth and meaning. As such, Tyson’s career trajectory wasn’t always a constant one. Often she fought to find meaningful work. However, looking back, Tyson’s career has been decorated with a chain of successful acting projects including ‘The Help’, ‘The Trip to Bountiful’, ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’, ‘Sounder’, and ‘Roots.’ A Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, she also has many other awards in her kitty.

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson Wiki/Bio

Birth NameCicely Tyson
Nick NameCicely
Age(as in 2020) 96 Years
ReligionChristian
Sun Sign/Zodiac SignSagittarius
Birth PlaceHarlem, Manhattan, New York City, United States
Date of Birth19 December 1924
NationalityAmerican
Residence• New York
• Atlanta
Home TownHarlem, Manhattan, New York City, United States
HobbiesNot Available

Family

Mother's NameFrederica Tyson (Domestic Worker)
Father's NameWilliam Augustine Tyson (Worked different jobs like carpenter, painter)
BrotherIssac Tyson
SisterSandra Tyson
Others• John Tyson (Paternal Grandfather)
• Caroline Wilkes (Paternal Grandmother)
• Charles Huggins (Maternal Grandfather)
• Mary Sergeant (Maternal Grandmother)
• Cathy Tyson (Niece) (Actress)

Boyfriends/Affairs

Affairs/Boyfriends• Kenneth Franklin
• Billy Dee Williams (1954-1966)
• Jimmy Kind (1959)
• Miles Davis (1970-1988)

Marital Status, Husband and Children

Husband/SpouseMiles Davis
Cicely Tyson With Her Husband

Cicely Tyson With Her Husband

Marriage Date26 November 1981
ChildrenNone

Education

SchoolBayard Rustin Educational Campus
College/University• Clark Atlanta University
• Columbia University
• Howard University
• Morehouse College
Educational QualificationGraduated
ProfessionActress, Voiceover Artist, Producer, Former Fashion Model
Brands EndorsedNational Coffee Association Commercial in 1984
Career ManagerParadigm Talent Agency, Talent and Literary Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States.

Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements

Height (Approx.)in centimeters- 161 cm
in meters- 1.61 m
in feet inches- 5’3”
Weight (Approx.)in kilograms- 57 kg
in pounds- 125.5 lbs

Figure Measurements

Breast Size32 Inches
Hips Size32 Inches
Waist Size26 Inches

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / EthnicityBlack
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
S*xual OrientationStraight
Dress SizeNot Available
Shoe SizeNot Available

Favorite Things

Favorite ActressNot Available
Favorite ActorsNot Available
Favorite ColorsNot Available
Favorite SportNot Available
ControversiesNone

Life Journey

Tyson was born in Harlem, the daughter of Frederica Tyson, a household worker, and William Augustine Tyson, who served as a carpenter, painter, and at any other job, he could see. Her parents were newcomers from Nevis in the West Indies. Her father came to New York City at age 21 and was treated at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919.

At age 18, Tyson wedded Kenneth Franklin on December 27, 1942. The marriage was later ended. She first dated jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in the 1960s, while he was going through his divorce with dancer Frances Davis. Davis used a photo of Tyson for his 1967 album, Sorcerer.

Davis told the press in 1967 that he planned to marry Tyson in March 1968 after his divorce was concluded, but he married singer Betty Davis that September. Tyson and Davis rekindled their connection in 1978. They were married on November 26, 1981, in a ceremony conducted by Atlanta mayor Andrew Young at the home of actor Bill Cosby.

Their marriage was disturbed due to Davis’ volatile temper and betrayal. Davis charged Tyson with saving his life and helping him defeat his cocaine addiction. They lived in Malibu, California, and New York City, until she registered for divorce in 1988. Their divorce was settled in 1989, two years before Davis died in 1991.

Tyson has no children. However, actress RaéVen Larrymore Kelly is her adopted granddaughter. Tyson chose Kelly to be her granddaughter in her NBC TV series, “Sweet Justice” with Melissa Gilbert.

Cicely Tyson Net Worth

Cicely Tyson has a net worth of $10 million dollars.

Estimated Net Worth in 2019 (Approx)$10 Million
Estimated Net Worth in 2018(Approx)Under Review
Annual SalaryUnder Review
Income SourceActress, Voiceover Artist, Producer, Former Fashion Model

Cicely Tyson Movies And TV Shows

  • As a teenager, Cicely Tyson took up a typewriting job to make ends meet. However, designed for the world of glamour, she soon got the eye of a photographer of ‘Ebo*y’ magazine who granted her a career in modeling. Grabbing the chance, she changed to professional modeling.
  • Tyson’s charming looks and charismatic personality served her speedily rise to the top of the modeling industry. Though Tyson was happy with how her career was growing, her religious mother was annoyed with her profession. When Tyson was granted her first acting job for a television series, this bothered her mother all the more who thought that Tyson was choosing a wrong path. Consequently, she kicked her out of the home.
  • Cicely Tyson’s first acting project was a small character in a play in 1950.
  • The following year, she took a minor character in the NBC series, ‘Frontiers of Faith’. Tyson’s first film performance came with the 1956 flick, ‘Carib Gold’.
  • In 1961, she performed in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet’s ‘The Blacks’. The show was a major hit and went on to become the longest-running off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, operating for 1,408 performances.
  • After a couple of guest characters in television, she got a major character in the celebrated television series, ‘East Side/West Side’ in 1963. She starred in 26 episodes of the much loved and respected television series.
  • Following ‘East Side/West Side’, Tyson acted in a single episode of ‘Slattery’s People’ and ‘I Spy’ before bagging yet another outstanding performance in the soap opera ‘Guiding Light’.
  • Alongside television and theater, Tyson’s film career too grew regularly. She took up small characters in films such as ‘Odds against Tomorrow’, ‘The Last Angry Man’, ‘A Man Called Adam’, and ‘The Comedians’.
  • In 1968, she got a featured character in the movie, ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’ where she played the character of Portia. The movie was a significant hit both commercially and critically, winning two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe nominations.
  • Cicely Tyson traveled on to do more television work, taking up guest performances in various television series including, ‘Cowboy in Africa’, ‘The F.B.I.’, ‘Medical Center’, ‘Gunsmoke’, ‘Mission: Impossible’, and ‘Emergency!’.
  • Though she did a lot of work in television, films, and theater, the big breakthrough of her career came only in 1972 when she got the character of Rebecca Morgan in the movie, ‘Sounder’. A film evolution of an award-winning novel of the same name, ‘Sounder’ received huge acclaim and love. Her excellent acting and outstanding play helped her preference for a nomination for the prestigious Academy Award for Best Actress.
  • Taking her success story forward, she gave yet another spellbinding performance as the titular character of Jane Pittman for the television sequence ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’. The series was extremely appreciated and won her two Primetime Emmy Awards and a nomination at the BAFTA.
  • Tyson’s work with successful television shows extended as she starred in the much acclaimed and highly appreciated television shows, ‘Roots,’ ‘King’, and ‘The Marva Collins Story’, each of which received her a nomination at the Emmy Awards for various categories.
  • Throughout the decade of 1980s and 1990s, Tyson tossed between films and television. She did a couple of movies such as ‘Bustin’ Loose’, ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’, and ‘Hoodlum’ and many television shows including ‘Acceptable Risks’, ‘Benny’s Place’, ‘Heat Wave’, and ‘House of Secrets.’
  • In 1994, she performed the character of Castralia, a housemaid in the television series ‘The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All’, for which she won her third Emmy Award.
  • She served it up with the portrayal of the role of civil rights activist and attorney Carrie Grace Battle in ‘Sweet Justice’. The series made her yet another Emmy nomination.
  • In 2005, Cicely Tyson co-starred in two movies ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ and ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’, the latter being a hit.
  • She served it up with a couple of more film roles and documentaries. During this time, her best performance on television came for the show, ‘Relative Stranger’ which earned her an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the character of Pearl.
  • In 2011, Tyson was a part of the ensemble cast for the American period film, ‘The Help’. In it, she donned the role of Constantine Bates. The film was hugely successful as it opened to positive reviews and amassed more than $216 million at the box office.
  • Ending her 30-year hiatus from Broadway, Cicely Tyson turned to perform the character of Mrs. Carrie Watts in Horton Foote’s ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ in 2013. The play was highly recognized. It also earned her, her first Tony Award for Best Actress in Leading Role. She reprised her role for the television version of the play as well.
  • Currently, she executes the role of Ophelia Harkness in ‘How to Get Away with Murder’.
  • In 2016, she did a guest role as Doris Jones in ‘House of Cards.’

Movies List

1956Carib Gold
1958Odds Against Tomorrow
1959
The Last Angry Man
1966A Man Called Adam
1967The Comedians
1968The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
1972Sounder
1976
The Blue Bird
The River Niger
1978A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich
1979The Concorde Airport '79
1981Bustin' Loose
1991Fried Green Tomatoes
1997Hoodlum
2001The Double Dutch Divas!
2005Because of Winn-Dixie
Diary of a Mad Black Woman
2006
Madea's Family Reunion
Fat Rose and Squeaky
Idlewild
2007Rwanda Rising
2009Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream
2010Why Did I Get Married Too?
2011The Help
2012Alex Cross
2013
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
2016Showing Roots
2017Last Flag Flying
2020A Fall from Grace

TV Shows & Serials List

1962The Nurses
1963To Tell the Truth
Nak*d City
1963–64East Side/West Side
1965Slattery's People
1965–66I Spy
1966Guiding Light
1967Cowboy in Africa
Judd for the Defense
1968–69The F.B.I.
1969Medical Center
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
1970Gunsmoke
Mission: Impossible
The Bill Cosby Show
Here Come the Brides
1971Insight
Marriage: Year One
Neighbors
1972Emergency!
Wednesday Night Out
1974The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Free to Be You and Me
1976Just an Old Sweet Song
1977Roots
Wilma
1978King
A Woman Called Moses
1979Saturday Night Live
1981The Body Human: Becoming a Woman
The Marva Collins Story
1982Benny's Place
1985Playing with Fire
1986Intimate Encounters
Acceptable Risks
Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
1989The Women of Brewster Place
1990The Kid Who Loved Christmas
B.L. Stryker
Heat Wave
1991
Clippers
1992Duplicates
When No One Would Listen
1993House of Secrets
1994Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
1994–95Sweet Justice
1996The Road to Galveston
1997Bridge of Time
Riot
Ms. Scrooge
The Price of Heaven (Blessed Assurance)
1998Always Outnumbered
Mama Flora's Family
1999A Lesson Before Dying
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
2000Touched by an Angel
The Outer Limits
2001Jewel
The Proud Family
2002The Rosa Parks Story
2005Higglytown Heroes
2009Relative Stranger
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2014
The Trip to Bountiful
2015–2020How to Get Away with Murder
2016House of Cards
2019Madam Secretary
2020Cherish the Day

Awards List

Academy Awards
YearResult
1973Nominated
2018Won
Golden Globe Awards
YearResult
1973Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award
YearResult
1974
Won 2 Times
1977
Nominated
1978Nominated
1982
Nominated
1994Won
1995
Nominated
1999
Nominated
2009
Nominated
20142 Times Nominated
2015Nominated
2017Nominated
2018Nominated
2019Nominated
Tony Awards
YearResult
2013Won
Peabody Awards
YearResult
2020Won
Television Hall of Fame
YearResult
2020Won

Facts About Cicely Tyson

  1. Her parents immigrated from Nevis in the West Indies.
  2. She returned to life the character of Jane Pittman in the 1974 television drama film, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, for which Cicely Tyson won a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie” and an Emmy Award for “Actress of the Year – Special”.
  3. In 1977, she was cast as Binta in the critically lauded historical drama miniseries, Roots, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series”.
  4. Cicely Tyson won a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 21, 1997.
  5. She has been buddies with actor and director Kevin Hooks.
  6. She is a part of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
  7. Cicely Tyson and Arthur Mitchell co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

FAQs

When did Cicely Tyson first become famous?
Cicely Tyson started her career on television in 1951. She worked her way through many guest appearances, and even acted in a soap opera. In 1972 she performed the character of Rebecca Morgan in the movie Sounder. She was nominated for both the Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her work in the film. Then in 1974, her description of the title character in the TV film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” won her two Emmy Awards. Cicely Tyson is the beneficiary of three Primetime Emmy Awards, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actor Guild, one Tony Award, and an honorary Academy Award. Tyson was called a Kennedy Center honoree in 2015. In November 2016, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the biggest civilian honor in the United States. Cicely Thompson is still working, you can see her on Netflix in “A Fall From Grace. A good question about a great lady.
Why did Cicely Tyson receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
Cicely Tyson received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 for her contributions to the Arts and American Culture. Tyson co-founded the Dance Theater of Harlem. She won two Emmy awards and was the first Black woman to receive an Honorary Oscar. She was widely praised for taking only roles that depicted strong Black female characters, as much as her refusal to accept parts that did not. On a personal note, while I may question some honorees over the years, I feel that Cicely Tyson was largely deserving of the honor.
Why did the President of the United States award Cicely Tyson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
The president can award the medal to anyone for any reason, or for no reason. Cicely Tyson is a great performer and artist. And she is not even native-born, she is from Nevis. I am glad that artists and actors sometimes are awarded this medal.
Is Cicely Tyson related to Mike Tyson?
Cicely Tyson is Mike Tyson’s mother and also the founder of Tyson chicken.

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