The “Queen of all Queens” Cicely Tyson died Thursday at the age of 96.
Tyson got her start as a model working for Ebony Magazine. She was later introduced to television audiences, playing small roles on various sitcoms.
In 1977, Tyson starred in the mini-series Roots, followed by a string of highly successful television movies including the Harriet Tubman story, “A woman called Moses.”
She later met and married jazz legend Miles Davis, but led a somewhat private personal life following their divorce in 1988.
Tyson was considered by many to be one of the greatest African American actresses of all time, with a career that spanned across generations.
Tributes have been posted on social media in honor of her life, legacy and career.
“I’m devastated. My heart is just broken. I loved you so much!! You were everything to me! You made me feel loved and seen and valued in a world where there is still a cloak of invisibility for us dark chocolate girls. You gave me permission to dream,” wrote actress Viola Davis, who played Tyson’s daughter in the TV show “How To Get Away With Murder.”
I was sitting at the table working when I got this overwhelming feeling to watch Miss Jane Pittman. I hadn’t seen the movie in years. I didn’t even understand the feeling to turn it on, but I did anyway. Not 12 minutes into the movie my phone rang… cont: https://t.co/Cnwrw6chXg pic.twitter.com/KwogNifCV8
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) January 29, 2021
“The art of rewriting an entire narrative is rare – but #CicelyTyson did so. She infused film with the power of transfiguration, showing black women, marginalized women, underestimated women in their abundant glory. And the world will never be the same. God’s rest to you, madam,” said Stacy Abrams.
She will be deeply missed.