At 96 years old. Legendary American actress Cicely Tyson dies

Cicely Tyson is dead. (Photo: Phil McCarten / (c) AMPAS)

At the age of 96, Oscar-winning American actress Cicely Tyson, who has been breaking barriers for African Americans throughout her career, has passed away.

On Thursday, January 28, American actress Cicely Tyson died. In December 2020, she turned 96 years old. The legendary actress is remembered for her roles as strong black women, in addition, throughout her career, Tyson has broken down the barriers set by conservative American society for African Americans.

“It is with a heavy heart that Miss Cicely Tyson ‘s family announces that she passed away peacefully this afternoon,” the family said in a statement from longtime manager Larry Thompson. The family did not specify the cause of death, CNN reports.

Cicely Tyson at the 2019 Oscars / Photo: Phil McCarten / © AMPAS

Cicely Tyson’s career spans more than six decades, during which she has played more than 95 film roles alone, not to mention theater and Broadway roles. She played her most talked-about role in the historical film Sounder ( 1972). For this film, she was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Actress. The award that year went to Liza Minnelli.

In November 2018, she received an Honorary Oscar for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.

Cicely Tyson became the first African American woman to receive an Oscar / Photo: REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni / File Photo

Cicely Tyson personifies African American women who demanded attention and respect. She played ex-slaves, civil rights icons, truth-tellers, mothers, and other complex women, giving each character a sense of depth, nobility, and grace.

She starred in such important African American films and television series as Sounder ( 1972), The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman ( 1974), for which she received two Emmy Awards for Best Actress, Roots ( 1977), The Story of Marva Collins ( 1981) , Women of Brewster Manor ( 1989) and Servant ( 2011). In total, Cicely Tyson has been nominated for an Emmy award 11 times, receiving three awards.

Cecely Tyson was also the wife of the outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter Miles Davis from 1981 to 1988.