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Cicely Tyson dead at 96

Cicely Tyson dead at 96
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Beloved movie star Cicely Tyson has died, aged 96.

Her longtime manager, Larry Thompson, confirmed the sad news on Thursday - two days after the release of her memoir, Just As I Am - with a statement.

"I have managed Miss Tyson's career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing," it read.

"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," Thompson mourned.

The multi-Emmy winner's credits included The Help, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, in which she played a woman born into slavery, and Sounder, in which she portrayed a member of a Depression-era sharecropper family.

She also starred in TV drama How to Get Away with Murder, playing the mother of Viola Davis' character, Annalise Harkness.

Cicely began her career as a model and landed her first acting role on the U.S. TV series Frontiers of Faith in 1951.

She was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and she received an Honorary Oscar in 2018.


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