Hollywood icon Cicely Tyson dies at 96

Tyson, who was nominated at the Oscars for her role in Sounder, passed away on Thursday. The news of her demise was announced by her family through her manager Larry Thompson. “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” said Thompson. He added, “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.” Tyson’s memoir Just As I Am was published on Tuesday.

The actress had her Hollywood break in the 1959 Harry Belafonte film Odds Against Tomorrow, and followed it with films like The Comedians, The Last Angry Man, A Man Called Adam and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.

Tyson received an Oscar nomination in 1973 for Martin Ritt’s drama “Sounder” and an Honorary Oscar in 2018. — IANS

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