Award Winning black actor, Cicely Tyson, has died.
She was 96 years old.
The pioneering black actor gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the share cropper’s wife in Sounder, a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
Tyson’s death was announced by her family, via her manager Larry Thompson, who did not immediately provide additional details.
A one-time model, she began her screen career with bit parts but gained fame in the early 1970s when black women were finally starting to get starring roles.
Tributes from Broadway and Hollywood poured in, including from Tracie Thomas who thanked her for paving the way.
In 2018, she was given an honorary Oscar statuette at the annual Governors Awards.
Cicely Tyson, playing Mrs. Carrie Watts in a Broadway revival of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful.