Reel Life: Cicely Tyson

Reel Life: Cicely Tyson
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 24, 2010

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Though she is credited with only one appearance on the 70s sitcom, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” Tyson was always a welcome presence on the small screen. She is pictured with her young co-star, James Cole.

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In 1973, Tyson starred as Rebecca Morgan alongside late actor Paul Whitfield in the period drama, “Sounder.” The actress, pictured here with Whitfield and Erik and Kevin Hooks, earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her work in the film.

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For the title role of the television movie, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” Tyson portrayed a former slave who lived through both the Jim Crow and Civil Rights Eras.

The actress, pictured here taking a drink from a “whites only” water fountain, aged from 19 to 111 and won two Emmy Awards for her work.

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Cicely Tyson starred as Binta, mother of Kunta Kinte, in Alex Haley’s “Roots.” The groundbreaking mini-series ran for eight-consecutive nights during January 1977. Tyson is pictured with co-star Maya Angelou.

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In 1978, Tyson reunited with her “Sounder” co-star, Paul Winfield, for the television mini-series, “King.” The dynamic duo portrayed Coretta Scott and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Tyson portrayed a blind woman named Gloria in the family-friendly film, “Because of Winn-Dixie.”

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Tyler Perry tapped Tyson to star in the first of his blockbuster films, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” in 2005. The award-winning actress re-teamed with Perry for “Madea’s Family Reunion” as well as the upcoming, “Why Did I Get Married Too?”