Cicely Tyson

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Quotes (6)

  • Cicely Tyson: (about what she thought to herself after having a conversation with a journalist) Cicely, you cannot afford the luxury of just being an actress!

  • Cicely Tyson: I think when you begin to think of yourself as having achieved something, then there's nothing left for you to work towards. I want to believe that there is a mountain so high that I will spend my entire life striving to reach the top of it.

  • Cicely Tyson: In my work, people say I'm strong. But I'm not aware of any of it. If I were conscious of it, that can only get in the way of future performances.

  • Cicely Tyson: (about acting) You are limiting yourself if you only do roles that are positive for black women. But I decided early on in my career I would only do those roles. I almost did a blaxploitation movie. I read the script and had to retch. I knew if I did it, I would have spent the money on a psychologist.

  • Cicely Tyson: (commenting for a Jet Magazine article) I went around promoting Sounder and realized much of America was very ignorant about Black people and particularly Black women.

  • Cicely Tyson: Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. They're what make the instrument stretch -- what make you go beyond the norm.

Trivia (15)

  • In 1995 and 1997, Cicely was nominated for SAG Awards. In 1995, Cicely was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series" for Sweet Justice. She was also nominated that year for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries" for Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. In 1997, Cicely was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for The Road to Galveston.

  • Cicely Tyson is part of a 22-member commission designated to study and plan the design and construction of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • In 1974, Cicely Tyson became a co-founder of the acclaimed Dance Theater of Harlem.

  • Cicely Tyson was once married to the late jazz legend Miles Davis.

  • In 1972, Cicely Tyson was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Actress in a Leading Role" for her portrayal of the character Rebecca Morgan in the film Sounder.

  • In April 2007, actress Cicely Tyson was part of a 25-member delegation of prominent African Americans lead by cable's Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson, that traveled to Monrovia, Liberia as part of a cultural and business exchange mission.

  • Cicely Tyson has been a vegetarian for a number of years.

  • Cicely Tyson has appeared as a model on the covers of both "Vogue" and "Harper's Bazaar" magazines in the 1950s.

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