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Name: Cicely Tyson                                                                           
Born: 19 December 1933 New York City, New York, U.S.                                         
Cicely Tyson (born December 19, 1933) is an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated   
American actress.                                                                           
A successful stage actress, Tyson is also known for appearances in the film                 
Sounder and the television specials The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and               
Tyson's devout Christian parents came from the island of Nevis of Saint Kitts               
and Nevis in the West Indies, but she was born and raised in Harlem, New York               
Tyson was discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, and became a popular             
fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957, but             
she went on to do television - the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the             
long-running soap opera The Guiding Light.                                                   
In 1961, Tyson appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet's "The         
Blacks", the longest running Off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, running for             
1,408 performances. The original cast also featured James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee             
Browne, Louis Gossett, Jr.,Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone.             
In 1966 she starred opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in the film, "A Man Called Adam",               
and in 1967, she appeared in The Comedians. The following year she had a                     
featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.                                               
In 1972, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role               
in the critically acclaimed Sounder. In 1974 she won two Emmy Awards for The                 
Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Other acclaimed television roles included               
Roots, King, in which she portrayed Coretta Scott King, The Marva Collins Story,             
When No One Would Listen and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All for which             
she received her third Emmy award.                                                           
In 2005, Tyson co-starred in the movies Because of Winn-Dixie and Diary of a Mad             
Black Woman. Also the same year she was honored by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends             
She was married to trumpeter Miles Davis from 1981 to 1988.                                 
The Cicely Tyson school of Performing and Fine Arts, a magnet school in East                 
Orange, New Jersey was renamed in her honor.