Cicely Tyson Overview:

Actress, Cicely Tyson, was born on Dec 19, 1924 in New York City, NY. Tyson died at the age of 96 on Jan 28, 2021 in New York City, NY .



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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Cicely Tyson Facts
Is one of 9 African-American actresses to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Gabourey Sidibe and Viola Davis.

Honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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).

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