Cicely Tyson Dies at 96: Zendaya, Viola Davis and Other Celebs Mourn the Demise of the Iconic Actress

Rushabh Dhruv
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Renowned actress Cicely Tyson is no more. The legendary star whose portrayal of an African-American woman in films and TV broke racial stereotypes died on Thursday (Jan 28). She was 96. This sad news was confirmed by her longtime manager, Larry Thompson. In a career spanning more than seven decades, she was a force to reckon with. Her mantra in the showbiz was that African-American should be portrayed with dignity. She rejected roles which projected black people in a bad light. Quite influential. Cloris Leachman, Oscar and Emmy Winning Actress, Dies at 94.

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Well, as soon as the demise news broke online, many celebs offered condolences. The death of the actress led to quite a grief online and many stars mourned the loss of Cicely. Zendaya, Bootsy Collins, Viola Davis, Rihanna, Gayle and more paid tribute to the phenomenal star. Check it out. Mira Furlan, Babylon 5 Actress, Dies at 65 Due to West Nile Virus.


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While Cicely played many roles in her illustrious career, it was in 1972, where her portrayal as Rebecca Morgan in the critically acclaimed film Sounder was loved by all. For this role, she had won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. Her first film role was in Carib Gold (1956).

The best part about the deceased was that she was not only an icon for the people in her field but was respected by politicians, journalists and others. That was the power of Tyson. May her soul rest in peace.