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  • Cicely Tyson

    Born on December 19, 1933 in New York, New York

awards & nominations

The Trip to Bountiful (2014)

Cicely Tyson as "Carrie Watts"

A determined woman (Cicely Tyson) escapes from the clutches of her overprotective son (Blair Underwood) to travel to her hometown.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

The Help (2011)

Cicely Tyson as "Constantine"

In 1960s Mississippi, Southern society girl Skeeter (Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter's best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Won Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Relative Stranger (2009)

Cicely Tyson as "Pearl"

After the death of his father, a former football star (Eriq La Salle) reunites with the family that he abandoned years earlier.

Emmy (Primetime) (2009) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

The Marva Collins Story (1981)

Cicely Tyson as "Marva Collins"

Marva Collins (Cicely Tyson) is a Chicago schoolteacher who strives to do her best to educate her students. However, she grows frustrated by the boundaries imposed on her methods by a failing public school system. Confronted by stubborn colleagues and a reproachful principal, Collins boldly decides to go it alone. Using her own funds, she creates the prep school for inner-city students that she feels they deserve. This moving biopic is based on a true story.

Emmy (Primetime) (1982) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Sounder (1972)

Cicely Tyson as "Rebecca Morgan"

The Morgans, a family of poor black sharecroppers in the Depression-plagued South, struggle to find enough to eat despite the help their hunting dog, Sounder. When father Nathan (Paul Winfield) resorts to stealing food, he is captured by police and sent to prison, and his wife, Rebecca (Cicely Tyson), is left to care for their son, David (Kevin Hooks). Though Sounder has run away, David never gives up hope that his dog will return, just as he believes that he will see his father again someday.

Academy Award (1972) Nominated Best Actress
Golden Globe (1972) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

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