Cicely Tyson Biography (1933-)

Born December 19, 1933, in New York, NY; daughter of William and Theodosia Tyson; married Miles Davis (an actor), 1981 (divorced, 1988). Addresses:Agent: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-1825.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer
Birth Details
December 19, 1933
New York, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • (New York debut) Jolly Rivers, Jolly's Progress, Longacre Theatre,1959
  • Girl, The Cool World, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1960
  • Stephanie Virtue Diop, The Blacks, St. Mark's Playhouse, New YorkCity, 1961
  • Mavis, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, East 11th Street Theatre, New YorkCity, 1962
  • Celeste Chipley, Tiger Tiger Burning Bright, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1962
  • Joan, The Blue Boy in Black, Masque Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Reverend Marion Alexander, Trumpets of the Lord, Astor Place Playhouse, New York City, 1963
  • A Hand Is on the Gates, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Myrna Jessup, Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights, John Golden Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Reverend Marion Alexander, Trumpets of the Lord, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • To Be Young, Gifted and Black, Cherry Land Theatre, New York City,1969
  • The Blacks, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH, 1970-71
  • Abbie Putnam, Desire Under the Elms, Academy Festival, Chicago, IL, 1974
  • Miss Moffat, The Corn Is Green, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • Film Appearances
  • Twelve Angry Men (also known as 12 Angry Men), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957
  • (Uncredited) Carib Gold, 1957
  • Fra, Odds Against Tomorrow, United Artists, 1959
  • Girl left on porch, The Last Angry Man, Columbia, 1959
  • Claudia Ferguson, A Man Called Adam, Embassy, 1966
  • Marie Therese, The Comedians (also known as Les Comediens),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Portia, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Warner Bros., 1968
  • Neighbors, 1971
  • Wednesday Night Out, 1972
  • Rebecca Morgan, Sounder, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • The cat, The Blue Bird (also known as Sinyaya ptitsa), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Mattie Williams, The River Niger, Cine Artists, 1976
  • Sweets, A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich, New World, 1978
  • Elaine Gilbert, Airport '79 (also known as Airport '80--The Concorde, The Concorde--Airport '79, The Concorde Affair and S.O.S. Concorde), Universal, 1979
  • Vivian Perry, Bustin' Loose, Universal, 1981
  • Sipsey, Fried Green Tomatoes (also known as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Universal, 1991
  • Host, Flight to Freedom (also known as Flight to Freedom: The Underground Railroad), 1995
  • Madame Stephanie "The Queen" St. Clair, Hoodlum (also known as Gangster and Hoods), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1997
  • The Double Dutch Divas!, 2001
  • Gloria, Because of Winn-Dixie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2005
  • Myrtle, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Lions Gate, 2005
  • Idlewild, Universal, 2006
  • Madea's Family Reunion, Lions Gate, 2006
  • Celine, Fat Rose and Squeaky, Etc. ... Group, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Jane Foster, East Side/West Side, CBS, 1963-64
  • Martha Frazier, Guiding Light, CBS, 1966
  • Carrie Grace Battle, Sweet Justice, NBC, 1994-95
  • Television Appearances: Miniseries
  • Binta, Roots, ABC, 1977
  • Coretta Scott King, King, NBC, 1978
  • Harriet Ross Tubman, A Woman Called Moses, NBC, 1978
  • Castalia, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, CBS, 1994
  • Mama Flora Palmer, Mama Flora's Family, CBS, 1998
  • Emily Lincoln, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, CBS, 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Emma Teasley, Marriage: Year One, NBC, 1971
  • Miss Jane Pittman, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, CBS, 1974
  • Young girl, Free to Be ... You & Me, 1974
  • Priscilla Simmons, Just an Old Sweet Song (also known as Down Home), CBS, 1976
  • Blanche Rudolph, Wilma, NBC, 1977
  • Marva Collins, The Marva Collins Story (also known as Welcome to Success: The Marva Collins Story), CBS, 1981
  • Odessa, Benny's Place, ABC, 1982
  • Carol Phillips, Playing with Fire, NBC, 1985
  • Muriel, Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story, CBS, 1986
  • Dr. Claire Dalton, Intimate Encounters (also known as Encounters andEncounters in the Night), NBC, 1986
  • Janet Framm, Acceptable Risks, ABC, 1986
  • Mrs. Browne, The Women of Brewster Place, ABC, 1989
  • Etta Lewison, The Kid Who Loved Christmas (also known as The Boy Who Loved Christmas), syndicated, 1990
  • Ruth Hastings, Winner Takes All, 1990
  • Ruthana Richardson, Heat Wave (also known as Burn, Baby, Burn), TNT, 1990
  • Donna, Clippers, 1991
  • Dr. Lila Randolph, Duplicates, USA Network, 1992
  • Sarah, When No One Would Listen (also known as My Husband Is Going to Kill Me), CBS, 1992
  • Evangeline, House of Secrets (also known as Conspiracy of Terror), NBC, 1993
  • Jordan Roosevelt, The Road to Galveston, USA Network, 1996
  • The guardian, Bridge of Time, ABC, 1997
  • Maggie, Riot (also known as Riot in the Streets), Showtime,1997
  • Vesta Battle, The Price of Heaven (also known as Blessed Assurance), 1997
  • Title role, Ms. Scrooge, USA Network, 1997
  • Luvia, Always Outnumbered, HBO, 1998
  • Tante Lou, A Lesson Before Dying, HBO, 1999
  • Cathedral, Jewel, CBS, 2001
  • Leona, The Rosa Parks Story, CBS, 2002
  • Episodic
  • Tony, "The Bitter Cup," Frontiers of Faith, 1961
  • "Frieda," The Nurses, CBS, 1962
  • "Circle of Choice," The Nurses, CBS, 1963
  • "Howard Running Bear Is a Turtle," Naked City, ABC, 1963
  • "Question: Who Are You Taking to the Main Event, Eddie?," Slattery's People, CBS, 1965
  • "So Long, Patrick Henry," I Spy, NBC, 1965
  • "Trial by Treehouse," I Spy, NBC, 1966
  • "Tomorrow on the Wind," Cowboy in Africa, ABC, 1967
  • "Commitment," Judd, for the Defense, ABC, 1967
  • Julie Harmon, "The Enemies," The F.B.I., ABC, 1968
  • "The Last Ten Yards," Medical Center, CBS, 1969
  • "Silent Partners," The F.B.I., ABC, 1969
  • "Johnny Ghost," On Being Black, syndicated, 1969
  • "Guess Who's Coming to Lunch?," The Courtship of Eddie's Father, ABC, 1969
  • "A Bride for Obie Brown," Here Come the Brides, ABC, 1970
  • "The Blind Date," The Bill Cosby Show, NBC, 1970
  • Alma Ross, "Death Squad," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1970
  • Rachel Biggs, "The Scavengers," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1970
  • "The Bird on the Mast," Insight, syndicated, 1971
  • "Neighbors," Hollywood Television Theater, PBS, 1971
  • "Crash," Emergency!, NBC, 1972
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1972
  • The Flip Wilson Show, 1973
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1979
  • "Rosa Parks," An American Portrait, CBS, 1985
  • Guest, At Rona's, NBC, 1989
  • Ruth Hastings, "Winner Takes All," B. L. Stryker, ABC, 1990
  • The Arsenio Hall Show, syndicated, 1994
  • Interviewee, "Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997
  • Abigail Peabody-Jackson, "Living the Rest of My Life," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • Justice Gretchen Parkhurst, "Final Appeal," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 2000
  • Tavis Smiley, PBS, 2005
  • Specials
  • Dr. Julia Rogers, Wednesday Night Out, NBC, 1972
  • Marlo Thomas and Friends in Free to Be ... You and Me, 1974
  • The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney, CBS, 1974
  • Cohost, CBS: On the Air, 1978
  • The Television Annual: 1978/1979 (documentary), ABC, 1979
  • Host, The Body Human: Becoming a Woman, CBS, 1981
  • Night of 100 Stars, ABC, 1982
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Lillian Gish, CBS, 1984
  • The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1984
  • An All-Star Celebration Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., NBC, 1986
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • Sojourner Truth, The Blessings of Liberty, ABC, 1987
  • We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala, CBS, 1987
  • Neighbors, Arts and Entertainment, 1987
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1988
  • Host, Without Borders, TBS, 1989
  • Host, Visions of Freedom: A Time Television Special, syndicated, 1990
  • Celebrate the Soul of American Music, syndicated, 1991
  • Clippers, CBS, 1991
  • Voice of Ida Wells Barnett, A Century of Women (also known as AFamily of Women), TBS, 1994
  • Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony, ABC, 1996
  • Interviewee, Sidney Poitier: The Defiant One (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998
  • Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Harriet Tubman, Lifetime, 2000
  • Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (documentary), TVLand, 2002
  • A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Academy Awards, NBC, 1974
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1977
  • Presenter, The 50th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1978
  • The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1978
  • Presenter, The 34th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1980
  • The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1987
  • The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards, 1988
  • Presenter, The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1992
  • Presenter, The 18th Annual CableACE Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, 3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1997
  • The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1999
  • 10th Annual Trumpet Awards, TBS, 2002
  • 2005 Black Movie Awards, TNT, 2005
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • `Fried Green Tomatoes': The Moments of Discovery, Universal Studios Home Video, 1998

User Contributions:

Danny Simmons
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Sep 20, 2014 @ 1:01 am
Good Day, I have a family research question. What was the maiden name of Theodosia Tyson, Cecily Tyson's mother? I am a descendent of Joseph Calvert Brown (1870s - 1960) of Nevis, B.W.I. and am conducting family tree research on the Brown family's lineage and movements from Nevis. My research suggests a possible connection Theodosia Tyson. Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,
Danny R. M. Simmons, A.S.L.A., M.C.M.I
Registeres Landscape Architect

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