The legendary actress was famous for shattering stereotypes in her film and television career that spanned over six decades. Tyson was recognized to play roles of robust African-American characters.
A few of her most iconic performances embody enjoying Rebecca Morgan, a Louisiana sharecropper’s spouse in 1972 traditional ‘Sounder’. Her efficiency earned her an Oscar nomination. She additionally starred in 1978 TV collection, ‘The Lady Referred to as Moses’ based mostly on the lifetime of Harriet Tubman amongst different notable characters.
Within the wake of stories of her demise, politicians, Hollywood stars have taken to social media with heartfelt tributes to the legendary actress.
“In her extraordinary profession, Cicely Tyson was one of many uncommon award-winning actors whose work on the display screen was surpassed solely by what she was in a position to accomplish off of it. She had a coronary heart not like another—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match”
“I am devastated. My coronary heart is simply damaged. I beloved you a lot!! You had been every thing to me! You made me really feel beloved and seen and valued in a world the place there may be nonetheless a cloak of invisibility for us darkish chocolate ladies. You gave me permission to dream….as a result of it was solely in my desires that I might see the probabilities in myself. I am not prepared so that you can be my angel but. However…I additionally perceive that it is solely when the final one who has a reminiscence of you dies, that you will really be lifeless. In that case, you can be immortal. Thanks for shifting my life. Thanks for the lengthy talks. Thanks for loving me. Relaxation properly”
“Of all of the occasions and experiences we shared collectively, this was certainly one of my favorites: The weekend of the Legends Ball in 2005. The thought for the ball originated as a result of I needed to have a good time HER, and different exceptional Black ladies who carved a path and constructed a bridge for me and generations to comply with. What a pleasure to honor her and really feel her obtain it! I beloved her hat a lot, she despatched it to me afterwards.
Cicely determined early on that her work as an actor can be greater than a job. She used her profession to light up the humanity of Black folks. The roles she performed mirrored her values; she by no means compromised. Her life so totally lived is a sworn statement to Greatness”.
“I used to be sitting on the desk working once I received this overwhelming feeling to look at Miss Jane Pittman. I hadn’t seen the film in years. I didn’t even perceive the sensation to show it on, however I did anyway. Not 12 minutes into the film my telephone rang. It was Oprah calling to inform me that Cicely had died. This one introduced me to my knees! She was the grandmother I by no means had and the knowledge tree that I might all the time sit underneath to fill my cup. My coronary heart breaks in a single beat, whereas celebrating her life within the subsequent.
“To suppose that she lived for 96 years and I received to be part of the final 16 brings me nice pleasure. She referred to as me son. Effectively, in the present day your son grieves your loss and can miss our lengthy talks, your laughter out of your stomach, and your very presence. At all times so regal, all the time so elegant, all the time a woman, all the time a queen. Each time we might discuss I might ask, “How are you?” and you’d say, “I’m nonetheless right here. He will need to have one thing he desires me to do.” Effectively, I believe it’s secure to say you’ve gotten finished all you had been put right here to do, and we’re all higher for it”.
“Your hugs I’ll bear in mind. How your petite arms wrapped round me like mighty branches of a sunlit tree, robust and heat. Your chuckle I’ll bear in mind. The way it got here simply and heartily and seemed like good music. Your work I’ll bear in mind. How your courageous portrayals reworked the way in which the world witnessed Black ladies, whether or not they might settle for what you shared or not. Your phrases I’ll bear in mind. How every time I hung up the telephone, I’d write them down in order not neglect the dear jewels of encouragement and knowledge you’d gifted me. Your love I’ll bear in mind. You liked me for some purpose. You instructed me so typically. I thanks for that endlessly and I’ll carry your love with me as I’m going. Bless you as you journey forward, Your Majesty. Till we meet once more…”
Taraji P Henson
“WOW…what a life!! 🙏🏾 Relaxation In Peace Cicely Tyson, you paved the way in which for SO many people and I can’t specific my gratitude sufficient! A real icon, legend, and showstopper—you can be really missed “
“We have now misplaced a visionary, a pacesetter, a lover, an creator, an ICON, and some of the proficient actresses the world has ever seen. A life, a profession, a fireplace to be celebrated forevermore! #RIPCicelyTyson “
“This one hurts, in the present day we honor and have a good time the lifetime of one of many best to ever do it. Thanks Cicely Tyson. Relaxation in nice energy.”