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‘THIS ONE HURTS’—VIOLA DAVIS, REGINA KING, TYLER PERRY & MORE MOURN THE LOSS OF HOLLYWOOD ICON CICELY TYSON
Thursday, Jan 28, 2021
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version is not available.) Cicely Tyson attends the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

 

Long live, Queen Cicely.

The world is in mourning following the passing of pioneer Cicely Tyson—an Emmy and Tony-award winning actress who’s career was nothing less than legendary. As a pinnacle of poise, strength, and substance, Queen Cicely— affectionately called by the likes of Ava Duvernay and Tyler Perry— adamantly battled against blaxploitation by accepting roles that shed a positive light on black women.

Actress Cicely Tyson in a scene from the movie Sounder, 1972. (Photo by Stanley Bielecki Movie Collection/Getty Images)

 

Cicely, a Harlem-bred black woman who broke countless boundaries, made her film debut in 1957’s Twelve Angry Men, followed by Sidney Poitier’s 1959 film Odds Against Tomorrow. She went on to star in several films, most notably Sounder (1972) which garnered several Oscar nominations including one for best actress and an honorary Oscar in 2018. With an increasingly impressive portfolio that included household movies like Miss Jane Pittman, A Woman Called Moses, and The Women of Brewster Place, she also starred in a string of TV series—with a most recent role as Viola Davis’ mother in How To Get Away With Murder.

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VIOLA DAVIS, CICELY TYSON

 

Cicely’s last interview with Gayle King aired earlier this week amid the release of her new memoir, Just As I Am. When Gayle asked Cicely how she’d like to be remembered, she simply responded, “I’ve done my best.”

 

 

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Viola Davis, Sherri Shepherd, Zendaya, Oprah Winfrey, Shonda Rhimes, Tyler Perry, and more took to social media to pay tribute to the fallen Hollywood icon. “If only we could be as blessed as the prolific, vivacious, and pioneering Cicely Tyson to live to be 96 and have had such a full life,” Shepherd shared on Twitter. Zendaya showed gratitude for Cicely’s zest for her artistry and called her one of the “greatest to ever do it” while Shonda said she was an “extraordinary person” and is grateful for “every moment” she spent with her. Viola said Cicely made her feel “seen and “valued” in a world that has “a cloak of invisibility” for dark-skinned women, and Tyler said he was watching Miss Jane Pittman when Oprah broke the devastating news to him.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – APRIL 27: Director Tyler Perry speaks onstage with Cicely Tyson at her Hand And Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on April 27, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/Getty Images)

 

See below as our Dish Nation hosts and more celebrities share heartfelt tributes for the fallen actress. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and fans of Cicely Tyson. She’s done her best and now she can rest.

 

 

 

 

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