Cicely Tyson Biography

Gender: Female

Cicely Tyson won a 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful and was also nominated for an Emmy Award for the 2014 television movie version. Best known for her ground-breaking double Emmy Award-winning performance as Jane in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," Miss Tyson was also nominated for an Academy Award for Sounder. She then received her third Emmy Award for "The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All" and was also nominated for her performances in "Roots," "King," "Sweet Justice," "The Marva Collins Story" and "A Lesson Before Dying". Her many film credits include the upcoming Showing Roots, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, Fried Green Tomatoes, Because of Winn-Dixie, Hoodlum, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married Too?, The Help, Alex Cross. Broadway credits include The Corn Is Green, Trumpets of the Lord, A Hand Is On The Gate, Cool World and Jolly's Progress. Off-Broadway, she appeared in the long-running production of Jean Genet's The Blacks. Miss Tyson has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1995, a middle school in East Orange, NJ was named for her. Following Miss Tyson's involvement in 2009, she was able to open a new $143 million state-of-the-art kindergarten through High School renamed the Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing and Fine Arts.

Cicely Tyson Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

 
Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award
Cicely Tyson, The Gin Game
Michael Urie, Shows for Days
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Drama League Awards - 2013 - Distinguished Performance Award
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Actress in a Play
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Tony Awards - 2013 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play
Cicely Tyson, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1962 - Best Performanc
Cicely TysonMoon on a Rainbow Shawl

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