Sunday, December 18, 2016

92 and Growing

92 - Happy Birthday Ms. Cicely Tyson, turns 92 today proving once again, that Black doesn't crack.  The Renown actress body of work covers over seven decades and still is thriving.  Born Cicely Louise Tyson on December 18, 1924 she is American royalty in the world of arts cinema and television.    Tyson was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972). For this role she also won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. She starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), for which she won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA Award.  During her career she has been nominated for twelve Primetime Emmy Awards, winning three. In 2011, she appeared in the film The Help, for which she received awards for her ensemble work as Constantine from the BFCA and SAG Awards and she has an additional four SAG Award nominations. She starred on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as Carrie Watts, for which she won the Tony Award, Outer Critics Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play. She previously received a Drama Desk Award in 1962 for her Off-Broadway performance in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.

On November 16, 2016, it was announced that Tyson would be one of the 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.   Talk about Prestige, Ms. Cicely Tyson has earned her stripes.  Happy Birthday To You.

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