Celebrity Cicely Tyson iconic and influential actress, dies at 96

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Cicely Tyson was 96. A family statement did not reveal the cause of death.


The actress chronicled her lengthy career in her first memoir, “Just As I Am,” which was just released Tuesday.


Through a career that lasted decades Cicely Tyson is best remembered for the 1974 TV miniseries “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” in which revolutionary aging makeup helped her portray the title character from early adulthood into her final years as a centenarian. The role earned Tyson Emmys for best actress in a drama and actress of the year.


Tyson was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2018 for her body of work, with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences citing her “unforgettable performances and personal integrity.” She had been nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film “Sounder” in 1973.


Tyson continued to work regularly into her 90s, including on popular TV programs such as “House of Cards” and “How to Get Away with Murder.”

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