The Obamas, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey pay Tribute to Late Hollywood Icon Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson

Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson has passed away on Thursday, 28th January 2020. Although a family statement is yet to reveal the cause of her death, her longtime manager Larry Thompson confirmed the news to CNN.

The Hollywood icon was well known for breaking the barriers for black actresses. She raised the bar and held it there. Cicely is the only black woman to receive an honorary Oscar, in 2018. She also won three Emmy Awards out of 15 nominations, among many others.

She featured in movies and TV shows like the 1972 film “Sounder“, “How To Get Away With Murder“, “Madea’s Family Reunion“, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman“, “A Fall from Grace“, to mention a few.

Just As I Am,” Tyson’s first and only memoir, was published two days before she died. The 400-paged memoir chronicles 96 years of her life well lived. Days before her sad passing, she met up with Gayle King for a socially distanced interview. In the interview for “CBS This Morning“, Cicely talked about her career, memoir, and legacy.

When Gayle asked Cicely at the end of the interview, what she wants to be remembered for, she responded, “I’ve done my best. That’s all.”

Watch the interview below:

Following the news of her death, several Hollywood stars including Viola Davis, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, former presidents Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama and wife Michelle have taken to social media to write heartfelt tributes to the movie icon.

We send our sincerest condolences to all those who knew and loved Cicely Tyson.

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