Actress and campaigner “Cicely Tyson died at the age of 96

Cicely Tyson, a renowned actress, passed away at the age of 96 after a nearly 70-year career in acting, leaving behind a legacy of portraying strong Black women on screen. The sad news was shared by her family with Larry Thompson, her boss, who was informed of her sudden demise without further details at that time. Thompson requested privacy for the family during this difficult time.

Tyson’s journey in the fashion world commenced in New York City, garnering attention from magazines such as Vogue, Jet, and Harper’s Bazaar. Initially starting with small acting roles, her breakthrough came in the early 1970s when opportunities that were once exclusive to white actresses became accessible to women of color, propelling her to stardom.

One of Tyson’s iconic performances was in the 1974 TV show “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” where she portrayed a former slave aged 110. Her stellar portrayal earned her an Oscar nomination and two Emmy Awards. Younger generations may recognize her from films like “The Help,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Madea’s Family Reunion,” and “A Fall From Grace.”

Beyond the screen, Tyson showcased her talent on Broadway, winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her role in “The Trip to Bountiful.” She made history as the oldest recipient of the Tony Award for Best Actress.

In the 1960s, during the early years of her acting career, Tyson was part of the off-Broadway production “The Blacks” alongside luminaries such as Maya Angelou, James Earl Jones, and Louis Gossett Jr.

Former President Barack Obama, who honored Tyson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, praised her decision to speak out, emphasizing that her ideas and grace contributed to defining the value of each member of the American family.

Tyson’s memoir, titled “Just As I Am,” was released this week, coinciding with her 96th birthday earlier this month. As we bid farewell to this remarkable actress, we extend our prayers for her to find rest.