Tyson has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 60 years. She was nominated for an Oscar in 1972’s “Sounder” and won Emmys for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” for best lead actress in a drama and actress of the year for “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow.” She won a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful.”
In 2016, Tyson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Tyson has been a champion of civil liberties for decades and has been a recipient of top honors from the NAACP and the Kennedy Center.
“To fully appreciate the magnitude of the impact Cicely Tyson has had, listen to Angela Bassett, currently starring in ‘Black Panther,’ list