Currently alive, at 86 years of age.
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1933 – Born on December 19th in Harlem, New York. Cicely Tyson owes her career to a good haircut. In a beauty salon, her hairdresser asked Tyson to model at a hairstyle show.
1957 – Tyson made her stage debut in a YMCA production of Dark of the Moon, and her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold with Ethel Waters.
1963 – She played George C. Scott’s secretary in a gritty drama about social workers in Harlem, East Side/West Side.
1966 – She joined The Guiding Light, becoming one of the first black actresses to win a regular role on a soap opera.
1972 – She starred with Paul Winfield in Sounder, and was nominated for an Oscar.
1974 – She won Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. She has also played Coretta Scott King and Harriet Tubman.
1977 – Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
1981 – Married to Miles Davis on November 26th.
1983 – Tyson appeared on Broadway in a production of The Corn Is Green which was poorly reviewed and closed after only two weeks. She was fired when she took a night off to attend a tribute to her then-husband, jazz musician Miles Davis.
– Tyson sued the producers, maintaining that she was entitled to payment in full as stipulated in her contract, about $750,000. The case and appeals took 15 years, but Tyson won.
1997 – Earned her Hollywood Walk of Fame. on August 21st.