Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

VIDEO: Tony Winner Cicely Tyson Kills It On HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL Tony winner Cecily Tyson appeared on last night's episode of ABC's HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER as Annalise's (Viola Davis) mama, Ophelia Harkness. In the clip below, watch her "blow into the Keating home like a cyclone" and positively kill (couldn't resist) her entrance!

Tyson is a celebrated American actress whose work in film, television and on the Broadway stage has spanned seven decades. She earned Best Actress nominations from both the Academy and THE GOLDEN GLOBES for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in SOUNDER (1972) - a film recognized by the American Film Institute as one of the most inspiring films of all time. Tyson went on to win two Primetime Emmy Awards for THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN (1974), and another for OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL (1994). She has been nominated for the award six more times, for such unforgettable performances in ROOTS (1977), KING (1978), THE MARVA COLLINS STORY (1982), SWEET JUSTICE (1994-1995), A LESSON BEFORE DYING (1999) and RELATIVE STRANGER (2009).

She has appeared in eight Broadway plays - most recently starring in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL -- for which she received the Tony Award for Best Actress in 2013. In addition to her stage work, Tyson has remained active in film with memorable roles in THE HELP (2011) and FRIED GREEN TOMATOES (1991) - the latter of which was directed by Jon Avnet (AFI Class of 1972), an AFI Honorary Degree recipient last year.

"How to Get Away with Murder" stars Academy-Award Nominee Viola Davis as Professor Annalise Keating, Billy Brown as Nate, Alfred Enoch as Wes Gibbins, Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh, Katie Findlay as Rebecca, Aja Naomi King as Michaela Pratt, Matt McGorry as Asher Millstone, Karla Souza as Laurel Castillo, Charlie Weber as Frank Delfino and Liza Weil as Bonnie Winterbottom.

"How to Get Away with Murder" is created and executive-produced by Pete Nowalk ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy"). Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy"), Betsy Beers ("Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy") and Bill D'Elia ("Grey's Anatomy," "The West Wing") also serve as executive producers. "How to Get Away with Murder" is produced by ABC Studios.

Featured at the Theatre Shop

T-Shirts, Mugs, Phone Cases & More

Related Articles View More TV Stories

From This Author TV News Desk