Cicely Tyson Overview:

Actress, Cicely Tyson, was born on Dec 19, 1924 in New York City, NY. As of December 2020, Cicely Tyson was 96 years old.



Although Tyson was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1972Best ActressSounderRebecca MorganNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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In 1972 she and singer-actress Diana Ross were both nominated for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" Oscars for their performances in Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and Sounder (1972), respectively. This was only the second time in the history of the Academy Awards that African-American actresses were nominated in the "Best Actress" Oscar category. The first was Dorothy Dandridge's nomination for Carmen Jones (1954).

Worked as a secretary and model while establishing herself as an actress

Is the first-African American Actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie for her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (TV).

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