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      Cicely Tyson

      Cicely Tyson

      Highest Rated: 100% The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 19, 1924

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Throughout her five-plus decade career on stage and screen, Cicely Tyson was known for her dedication to truthfully exploring the broad spectrum of the African-American experience. Tyson was at the forefront of a shift away from one-dimensional, negative screen stereotypes of black women with her starring role in "Sounder" (1972), which was groundbreaking in its portrayal of the dignity, strength and courage of a Depression-era African-American family. The acclaimed film and Tyson's Oscar-nominated leading role opened the doors for a whole new era of black storytelling, and Tyson came to represent this strong and wise image of African-American women with revered performances in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" (CBS, 1973) and "Roots" (ABC, 1977). Television movies offered the most opportunities for this actress with a mission, and she went on to recreate renowned moments and figures in African-American heritage in "King" (1978), "A Woman Called Moses" (1978), and "Heat Wave" (1990), among others. Whether playing an educated professional, the backbone of a challenged family, or a woman moved by an extraordinary sense of purpose, Tyson continually raised the standards of African-American imagery on film.

      Highest rated movies

      The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
      Sounder
      The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
      Odds Against Tomorrow
      A Lesson Before Dying
      Last Flag Flying
      The Help
      Fried Green Tomatoes

      Photos

      Cicely Tyson RIVER NIGER, THE, Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones, 1976 HOODLUM, Vanessa L. Williams, Tim Roth, Laurence Fishburne, Andy Garcia, Cicely Tyson, 1997, (c) United Artists How To Get Away With Murder, Cicely Tyson, 'Mama's Here Now', Season 1, Ep. #13, 02/19/2015, ©ABC BUSTIN' LOOSE, Cicely Tyson, 1981, © Universal SOUNDER, Cicely Tyson, 1972. THE BLUE BIRD, Cicely Tyson, 1976, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved SAMARITAN: THE MITCH SNYDER STORY, from left: Martin Sheen, Cicely Tyson, 1986, © CBS SAMARITAN: THE MITCH SNYDER STORY, Cicely Tyson, 1986, © CBS SOUNDER, Cicely Tyson, 1972. A MAN CALLED ADAM, Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, 1966 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra Jr., Cicely Tyson, Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, 1966 A MAN CALLED ADAM, Cicely Tyson, Sammy Davis Jr., 1966 A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH, Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, 1977 How To Get Away With Murder, Cicely Tyson, 'Anna Mae', Season 2, Ep. #15, 03/17/2016, ©ABC THE RIVER NIGER, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Glynn Turman, 1976 A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH, Paul Winfield, Cicely Tyson, 1977 A HERO AIN'T NOTHIN' BUT A SANDWICH, Cicely Tyson, 1977 THE RIVER NIGER, Cicely Tyson, Glynn Turman, 1976 THE RIVER NIGER, Cicely Tyson, 1976

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      15% 50% Tyler Perry's A Fall From Grace Alice (Character) - 2020
      76% 72% Last Flag Flying Mrs. Hightower (Character) $960.3K 2017
      No Score Yet 40% Showing Roots Hattie (Character) - 2016
      96% 88% Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Self - 2016
      No Score Yet 59% The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts (Character),
      Producer
      - 2014
      19% 44% The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia Mama Kay (Character) - 2013
      11% 47% Alex Cross Nana Mama (Character) $25.9M 2012
      76% 89% The Help Constantine (Character) $169.7M 2011
      27% 68% Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? Ola (Character) $60.1M 2010
      No Score Yet 43% Relative Stranger Pearl (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream Narrator - 2009
      47% 66% Idlewild Mother Hopkins (Character) $12.5M 2006
      26% 93% Madea's Family Reunion Myrtle (Character) $63.2M 2006
      No Score Yet 67% Fat Rose and Squeaky Unknown (Character) - 2006
      16% 86% Diary of a Mad Black Woman Myrtle (Character) $50.4M 2005
      55% 63% Because of Winn-Dixie Gloria Dump (Character) $32.6M 2005
      No Score Yet 75% The Rosa Parks Story Leona Edwards McCauley (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 50% Jewel Cathedral (Character) - 2001
      80% 77% A Lesson Before Dying Tante Lou (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 89% Mama Flora's Family Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 81% Always Outnumbered Luvia (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 75% Riot Maggie (Character) - 1997
      43% 65% Hoodlum Stephanie St. Clair (Character) $23.5M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Price of Heaven Vesta Lotte Battle (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 62% Ms. Scrooge Ms. Ebenita Scrooge (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bridge of Time Guardian (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road to Galveston Jordan Roosevelt (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet House of Secrets Evangeline (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Duplicates Dr. Randolph (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When No One Would Listen Sarah (Character) - 1992
      76% 87% Fried Green Tomatoes Sipsey (Character) $81.2M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heat Wave Ruthana Richardson (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet B.L. Stryker: Winner Takes All Ruth Hastings (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas Etta (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 94% The Women of Brewster Place Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Muriel (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Intimate Encounters Dr. Claire Dalton (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Acceptable Risks Janet Framm (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playing With Fire Carol Phillips (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Benny's Place Odessa (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 100% The Marva Collins Story Marva Collins (Character) - 1981
      60% 61% Bustin' Loose Vivian Perry (Character) - 1981
      25% 13% The Concorde: Airport '79 Elaine (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 83% A Woman Called Moses Harriet Ross Tubman (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 71% King Coretta Scott King (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet 40% Wilma Blanche Rudolph (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 67% A Hero Ain't Nothin' but a Sandwich Sweets (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich Sweets (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 44% The River Niger Mattie Williams (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just an Old Sweet Song Priscilla Simmons (Character) - 1976
      0% 43% The Blue Bird Tylette (Character) - 1976
      90% 86% The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Jane Pittman (Character) - 1974
      91% 77% Sounder Rebecca Morgan (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Marriage: Year One Emma Teasley (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Neighbors Unknown (Character) - 1971
      100% 85% The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Portia (Character) - 1968
      27% 47% The Comedians Marie Therese (Character) - 1967
      88% 84% Odds Against Tomorrow Jazz Club Bartender (Character) - 1959

      TV

      Credit
      88% 85% How to Get Away With Murder Ophelia (Guest Star) 2015 2020
      78% 96% Cherish the Day Miss Luma Lee Langston (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Flo Avery (Guest Star) 2019
      77% 76% House of Cards Doris Jones (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tavis Smiley Guest 2014-2015
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ondine Burdett (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Unknown (Character) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Justice Unknown (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Unknown (Character) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place Unknown (Character) 1989
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Woman Called Moses Harriet Ross Tubman (Character) 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet King Unknown (Character) 1978
      76% 68% Roots Binta (Character) 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Rachel Biggs (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bill Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Princess Lucenda (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The FBI Unknown (Guest Star) 1968-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Medical Center Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judd for the Defense Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet East Side/West Side Jane Foster (Character) 1963-1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked City Unknown (Guest Star) 1963