Cicely Tyson is an American actress. She is best known for her work on stage and screen. She has won two Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She is also a recipient of the National Medal of Arts.
Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, on December 18, 1924. Her parents were immigrants from the West Indies. Tyson began her career as a model. She first appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine in 1945. She later moved to France to pursue a career in modeling. She returned to the United States in the early 1950s.
Tyson’s first acting role was in an off-Broadway play called The Cool World. She made her Broadway debut in 1957 in the play Dark Eyes. She also appeared in the film version of the play. Tyson’s first major film role was in the 1971 film Sounder. She received an Oscar nomination for her performance.
Tyson’s other film credits include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Fried Green Tomatoes, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and The Help. She has also appeared on television shows such as The Cosby Show, How to Get Away with Murder, and House of Cards.
Tyson has been married three times. Her first husband was jazz musician Miles Davis. They were married from 1953 to 1957. Her second husband was actor Michael Stewart. They were married from 1959 to 1965. Her third husband is actor Kevin Hooks. They have been married since 1981.
Tyson has one child, a daughter named Denise, from her second marriage.
Tyson is 95 years old.
Tyson is 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Tyson’s net worth is estimated to be $20 million.