Cicely Tyson is a legendary American actress who recently starred in the Lifetime movie A Trip to Bountiful.
She has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Golden Globes, the Emmys, the Tonys and the Academy Awards. She has won two Emmys – one for her title role in the 1974 made-for-TV movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and one for her supporting role in the 1984 miniseries Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for the 1972 movie Sounder and received a Tony Award for her portrayal of Miss Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful. She reprised this role for the Lifetime production.
Tyson began her career as a model before she began acting in off-Broadway productions. The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, a magnet school in East Orange, New Jersey, was named in her honor.