The Hollywood industry has been thrown into a mourning state, as its pioneering actress, Cicely Tyson passed away.
Tyson who was known for portraying strong African-American characters died at the age of 96.
The actress whose vivid portrayals of strong black women shattered racial stereotypes in the dramatic arts of the 1970s, propelling her to stardom and fame as an exemplar for civil rights, died on Thursday, January 28, 2021.
Her death was announced by her longtime manager, Larry Thompson, who provided no other details.
The former fashion model had a career that spanned seven decades.
She also became the first black woman to take on the main role in the TV drama East Side/West Side in the 1960s.
Presenting Tyson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, the then US President Barrack Obama said that apart from her achievements as an actress, she had also shaped the course of history.
In a remarkable career of seven decades, Tyson broke ground for serious Black actors by refusing to take parts that demeaned Black people.
She urged Black colleagues to do the same and often went without work. She was critical of films and television programmes that cast Black characters as criminal, servile or immoral, and insisted that African-Americans, even if poor or downtrodden, should be portrayed with dignity.
At 93, she won an honourary Oscar, and was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2018 and into the Television Hall of Fame in 2020. She also won a career achievement Peabody Award in 2020.
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