Legendary actress Cicely Tyson was honored at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood with a hand and footprint ceremony on Friday (April 27). The ceremony took place during the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival, which celebrates the representation of the written word on the silver screen.
Over the course of more than 60 years in the entertainment industry, Cicely was nominated for an Oscar in 1972’s “Sounder,” and won Emmys for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” for Best Lead Actress In A Drama. She also won Actress of the Year for “The Oldest Living Confederate Widow” a Tony Award for “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Winning the nation’s highest civilian award in 2016, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, I believe we can all agree that Cicely Tyson’s legacy in the industry is unmatched.
“To fully appreciate the magnitude of the impact Cicely Tyson has had, listen to Angela Bassett, currently starring in ‘Black Panther,’ list the women who’ve influenced her most profoundly. Bassett names Shirley Chisholm and Barbara Jordan, two pioneering African-American members of Congress, along with an actress – Cicely Tyson,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Host.
“For decades, Tyson has been at the forefront of a shift away from clichéd, stereotypical characters of color to playing multi-dimensional, strong black women,” he added. “Whether she’s playing a beleaguered mother-in-law on Broadway in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ (and winning a Tony), or a woman who endures the black experience in America from slavery to civil rights in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ (and winning an Emmy), or the proud and resilient matriarch of a depression era Louisiana family in ‘Sounder’ (and earning an Oscar nomination), Cicely Tyson has set a standard of excellence for actresses of all backgrounds on the stage and screen.”