Cicely Tyson: American Oscar winner died at the age of 96

Cicely Tyson
American Oscar winner died at the age of 96

Cicely Tyson at an event in Los Angeles in 2019

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Cicely Tyson is dead. The Oscar winner, who with her work also set an example against racism, was 96 years old.

The American theater, TV and cinema actress Cicely Tyson is dead. She died on January 28, 2021 at the age of 96, as reported by "The New York Times", among others. Her manager Larry Thompson reported this without giving any further details. In her long career, which lasted almost 70 years, the Afro-American fought against racism and became an icon of the civil rights movement. Again and again she had turned down roles that reinforced prejudice against blacks in order to do her part in a social upheaval and to set an example.

Just recently, in 2018, Tyson was awarded the Honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the age of 93, she also received a Tony Award in 2013, won three Emmys and was immortalized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She made her film debut in 1959 in "Little Chances for Tomorrow" at the side of Harry Belafonte (93), until the end she worked in front of the camera. In 2016 she was seen in some episodes of "House of Cards", in 2020 she was in the thriller "A Fall from Grace" by Tyler Perry (51). Other significant works by Tyson include "Roots", "The Help", "Green Tomatoes" and "The Rosa Parks Story" to name a few.