Oscar winner Cicely Tyson dead at 96

Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson, an Oscar winner, and five-time Emmy nominee, has passed away at the age of 96.

It was a sad day for Hollywood again as Cicely Tyson, one of its greatest chambers, has died.

In a statement posted on Deadline, the late actress’ manager, Larry Thompson, confirmed her untimely passing.

However, he did not reveal any details about her death.

Per Larry, he managed Tyson’s career for more than four decades. He noted that each year of working with her was both 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. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree,” he went on.

Tribute pours after Tyson’s death

On Twitter, the actress colleagues and fans took their time to honor her and give her a tribute. Most of them also shared throwback pictures of Tyson to recall her contributions to the industry.

Ryan Destiny said, “Pioneer, legend, icon, QUEEN. Thank you for being so many things to us. For us. Rest In Peace to the beautiful Miss Cicely Tyson. Heartbroken but man, what a life lived.”

“Cicely Tyson, one of the greats, has passed. May angels sing her to her rest,” Stephen King said.

“Heart broken to hear about Cicely Tyson’s passing. I had the honor of traveling with her to visit children in N.O. after the devastation of Katrina,” Reese Witherspoon penned. “What a gift we experienced to be graced by her wisdom, kindness & compassion for all. She will be missed. May God carry her home.”

Prior to her death, HarperCollins published her memoir Just As I Am earlier this week.

Tyson’s acting career

Throughout her acting career, she scored 16 Emmy nominations and won three of them.

Her performance in the 1974 flick The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman led her to garner two Emmy trophies.

After winning the award, she automatically became the first Black woman to win a Lead Actress Emmy.

She also became part of Sounder that caused her to earn an Oscar nomination. However, she lost to Liza Minnelli for her role on Cabaret.

Aside from these projects, Tyson also starred in The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Roots, The Marva Collins Story, A Lesson Before Dying, King, and Sweet Justice, among others.

One of her most recent works includes her role in the ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder.

Featured image courtesy of The Heart Truth, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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