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Cicely Tyson

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and, with her stunning looks, she quickly rose to the top of the modeling industry. In 1957, she began acting in Off-Broadway productions. She had small roles in feature films before she was cast as Portia in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). Read more...

Actor

Character: Claudia Ferguson

A Man Called Adam 1966

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Character: Binta

Roots 1977

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Character: Herself - Presenter: Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award

The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977

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Character: Herself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Play

The 34th Annual Tony Awards 1980

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Character: Vivian Perry

Bustin' Loose 1981

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Character: Nana Mama

Alex Cross 2012

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Character: Constantine Jefferson

The Help 2011

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Character: Mother Hopkins

Idlewild 2006

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Character: Aunt Myrtle

Madea's Family Reunion 2006

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Character: Leona Edwards McCauley

The Rosa Parks Story 2002

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Character: Stephanie St. Clair

Hoodlum 1997

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Character: Maggie

Riot 1997

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Character: Ms. Ebenita Scrooge

Ms. Scrooge 1997

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Character: Vesta Lotte Battle

The Price of Heaven 1997

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Character: Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid

Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All 1994

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Character: Sipsey

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991

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Character: Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries

The 12th Annual CableACE Awards 1991

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Character: Ruthana Richardson

Heat Wave 1990

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Character: Jordan Roosevelt

The Road to Galveston 1996

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Character: Mama Flora

Mama Flora's Family 1998

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Character: Luvia

Always Outnumbered 1998

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Character: Cathedral

Jewel 2001

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Character: Ondine Burdett

Hell 2009

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Character: Herself - Host / Wilma Bass / Various

Cicely Tyson/Talking Heads 1979

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Character: Marva Collins

The Marva Collins Story 1981

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Character: Darlene Knox

Naked City 1958

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Character: Edna

Insight 1960

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Character: Marie Therese

The Comedians 1967

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Character: Girl Left on Porch

The Last Angry Man 1959

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Character: Lucille Evans

Judd for the Defense 1967

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Character: Betty Ann Warner

The Doctors and the Nurses 1962

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Character: Herself

Flip 1970

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Character: Harriet Ross Tubman

A Woman Called Moses 1978

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Character: Mildred Hermosa

The Bill Cosby Show 1969

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Character: Ruth Hastings

B.L. Stryker 1989

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Character: Susan Wiley - episode of Medical Center

Pioneers of Television 2008

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Character: Mattie Williams

The River Niger 1976

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Character: Herself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special

The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994

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Character: Sarah Brookman

Slattery's People 1964

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Character: Doris Jones

Chapter 40 0

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Character: Great Aunt Shirley Hero

Wayne's 100 Special Somethings 0

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Character: Mrs. Maureen Parker

Behind Family Lines 0

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