Cicely Tyson, Pioneering Icon, Passes At 96 Years Old

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Actress Cecily Tyson is shown on the set of the Flip Wilson show in Hollywood, Ca., in Jan. 1973. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)
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On Jan. 27, Cicely Tyson died at 96 years old. Her cause of death is not known.

The Tony and Emmy winner was born December 19, 1924 in Harlem, New
York. She got her start as a fashion model after she was discovered by
a photographer for Ebony. The 1972 breakout role in Sounder, which she earned an Oscar nomination.

In 1974, Ms. Tyson won an Emmy for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. One of the best known roles was the iconic 1977 miniseries Roots, which earned her another Emmy nomination.

Ms. Tyson had a resurgence in her career after starring in several Tyler
Perry films and appearing in Viola Davis’ How to Get Away with Murder.

Rest in power, Cicely Tyson.

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