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Cicely Tyson

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... See full bio »
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 2015 How to Get Away with Murder (TV Series)
Ophelia Hartness
- Mama's Here Now (2015) ... Ophelia Hartness
 2014 The Trip to Bountiful (TV Movie)
Mrs. Watts
 2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Ondine Burdett
- Hell (2009) ... Ondine Burdett
 2009 Relative Stranger (TV Movie)
 2005 Higglytown Heroes (TV Series)
Great Aunt Shirley Hero
- Wayne's 100 Special Somethings (2005) ... Great Aunt Shirley Hero (voice)
 2002 The Rosa Parks Story (TV Movie)
Leona Edwards McCauley
 2001 Jewel (TV Movie)
 2000 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Abigal Peabody-Jackson
- Living the Rest of My Life (2000) ... Abigal Peabody-Jackson
 1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (TV Movie)
Emily Lincoln
 1999 A Lesson Before Dying (TV Movie)
Tante Lou
 1998 Mama Flora's Family (TV Movie)
Mama Flora
 1998 Always Outnumbered (TV Movie)
 1997 Ms. Scrooge (TV Movie)
Ms. Ebenita Scrooge
 1997 The Price of Heaven (TV Movie)
Vesta Lotte Battle
 1997 Riot (TV Movie)
Maggie (segment "Homecoming Day")
 1997 Bridge of Time (TV Movie)
 1996 The Road to Galveston (TV Movie)
Jordan Roosevelt
 1994-1995 Sweet Justice (TV Series)
Carrie Grace Battle
- The Sensational Six (1995) ... Carrie Grace Battle
- Muddy Waters (1995) ... Carrie Grace Battle
- Pledges (1995) ... Carrie Grace Battle
- Broken Ties (1995) ... Carrie Grace Battle
- Just Say Yes (1995) ... Carrie Grace Battle
 1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (TV Movie)
Castralia, Marsden Family House Slave / Maid
 1993 House of Secrets (TV Movie)
 1992 When No One Would Listen (TV Movie)
 1992 Duplicates (TV Movie)
Dr. Randolph
 1991 Clippers (TV Short)
 1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Movie)
 1990 Heat Wave (TV Movie)
Ruthana Richardson
 1990 B.L. Stryker (TV Series)
Ruth Hastings
- Winner Takes All (1990) ... Ruth Hastings
 1989 The Women of Brewster Place (TV Movie)
Mrs. Browne
 1986 Intimate Encounters (TV Movie)
Dr. Claire Dalton
 1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story (TV Movie)
 1986 Acceptable Risks (TV Movie)
Janet Framm
 1985 Playing with Fire (TV Movie)
Carol Phillips
 1982 Benny's Place (TV Movie)
 1981 The Marva Collins Story (TV Movie)
Marva Collins
 1977 Wilma (TV Movie)
Blanche Rudolph
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
- Part II (1977) ... Binta
- Part I (1977) ... Binta
 1976 Just an Old Sweet Song (TV Movie)
Priscilla Simmons
 1976 The River Niger
Mattie Williams
 1972 Wednesday Night Out (TV Movie)
 1972 Emergency! (TV Series)
Mrs. Johnson
- Crash (1972) ... Mrs. Johnson
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
 1971 Neighbors (TV Movie)
 1971 Marriage: Year One (TV Movie)
Emma Teasley
 1971 Insight (TV Series)
- Bird on the Mast (1971) ... Edna
 1970 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Rachel Biggs
- The Scavengers (1970) ... Rachel Biggs
 1970 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Alma Ross
- Death Squad (1970) ... Alma Ross
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Mildred Hermosa
- Blind Date (1970) ... Mildred Hermosa
 1970 Here Come the Brides (TV Series)
Princess Lucenda
- A Bride for Obie Brown (1970) ... Princess Lucenda
 1969 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
Betty Kelly
- Guess Who's Coming for Lunch (1969) ... Betty Kelly
 1968-1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Lainey Harber / Julie Harmon
- Silent Partner (1969) ... Lainey Harber
- The Enemies (1968) ... Julie Harmon
 1969 Medical Center (TV Series)
Susan Wiley
 1967 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Lucille Evans
- Commitment (1967) ... Lucille Evans
 1967 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series)
Julie Anderson
- Tomorrow on the Wind (1967) ... Julie Anderson
 1967 The Comedians
Marie Therese
 1965-1966 I Spy (TV Series)
Vickie Harmon / Princess Amara
- Trial by Treehouse (1966) ... Vickie Harmon (as Cicley Tysson)
- So Long, Patrick Henry (1965) ... Princess Amara
 1966 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Martha Frazier
- Episode dated 9 August 1966 (1966) ... Martha Frazier
 1966 A Man Called Adam
Claudia Ferguson
 1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
Sarah Brookman
 1963 Naked City (TV Series)
Darlene Knox
- Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle (1963) ... Darlene Knox
 1962 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Betty Ann Warner
- Frieda (1962) ... Betty Ann Warner
 1959 The Last Angry Man
Girl Left on Porch (uncredited)
 1959 Odds Against Tomorrow
Jazz Club Bartender (uncredited)
 1957 Carib Gold
 1951 Frontiers of Faith (TV Series)
- The Bitter Cup ... Tony
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "Blue Boy in Black" on Broadway. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Interview | 3 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Cicley Tysson


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One lady told me that before she saw Sounder (1972), she didn't believe black people could love each other, have deep relationships in the same way as white people. See more »


Tyson won a judgment entitling her to full payment ($750,000) for her appearance in the short-lived 1983 Broadway play "The Corn Is Green". An Appeals Court upheld an earlier ruling handed down in 1996 in favor of Tyson. She was under contract to producer Elizabeth Taylor to act in stage and screen versions of the classic play. After critics panned the play, Tyson was fired for taking a night off... See more »

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