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Cicely Tyson (1924–2021)

Autor(a) de Just As I Am

4+ Works 287 Membros 11 Críticas

About the Author

Cicely Tyson remains one of the most respected talents in American theater and film history. Her work garnered critical acclaim for more than sixty years. She received two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, won the Tony Award for Best Actress for The Trip to Bountiful, and was mostrar mais nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Sounder. In her lifetime, she received numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and the prestigious NAACP Spingarn Medal in 2010. A capstone achievement came in 2018, when she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar, and in 2020, she was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. She passed away on January 28, 2021, at age ninety-six. mostrar menos
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Obras por Cicely Tyson

Just As I Am (2020) 284 exemplares
Heat Wave (1990) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Help [2011 film] (2011) 518 exemplares
Fried Green Tomatoes [1991 film] (1993) 500 exemplares
Because of Winn-Dixie [2005 film] (2005) — Cast. — 303 exemplares
Roots [1977 TV miniseries] (1977) — Actor — 93 exemplares
Diary of a Mad Black Woman: The Movie [2005 film] (2005) — Actor — 83 exemplares
Reign Over Me [2007 Film] (2007) — Actor — 70 exemplares
Sounder [1972 film] (1996) 45 exemplares
A Lesson Before Dying [1999 film] (2009) 10 exemplares
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter [1968 film] (1968) — Actor. — 10 exemplares
The Women of Brewster Place (Uncut Edition) (2011) — Actor — 9 exemplares
The River Niger [1976 film] (1976) — Actor — 8 exemplares
The Trip to Bountiful [2014 TV movie] (2014) — Actor — 5 exemplares
Mama Flora's Family [1998 TV mini series] — Actor — 5 exemplares
The Marva Collins Story [1981 TV movie] (1981) — Actor — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Davis, Miles (husband)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)



A very thorough and interesting autobiography. She had quite life and became quite the success despite her troubled upbringing. Kirkus: An acclaimed actor recounts her eventful career.In this highly anticipated and candid memoir (?plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside?), Tyson (b.1924)winner of three Emmys, a Tony, an honorary Oscar, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honorsÂ¥ascribes her remarkable success to luck, grit, and the hand of God. She grew up in East Harlem, the daughter of West Indian parents whose marriage ended because of her father?s philandering. Her mother, a domineering presence in the young Cicely?s life, worked as a housekeeper. Irate when Cicely became pregnant at age 17, her mother insisted that she marry the child?s father. After two years, Tyson left her husband, patching together jobs to support herself and her daughter. A chance encounter set her on the path to modeling, which in turn led to an offer of a movie role. In 1972, she earned her first lead role, in SounderÂ¥and her first Oscar nomination. While on tour to promote the movie, Tyson became increasingly aware of bigotry and returned home with a new sense of purpose, ?saying to myself, Sister, you?ve got some educating to do.? She notes proudly that she became the first Black woman to star in a TV drama and ?the first black TV actress to reveal my hair in its bare-naked state.? Besides chronicling her work in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Woman Called Moses, and as Kunta Kinte?s mother in Roots, among other roles, Tyson lays bare the details of her tormented relationship with Miles Davis, an unrepentant womanizer and substance abuser. ?He had a strong need to be cared for,? writes the author, ?and that need intersected with my desire to provide care.? Tyson ascribes her longevity to an organic vegetarian diet and daily meditation, and she defends her reputation for being difficult: ?The truth is that I insist upon respect.Even now, at 96, I teach folks not to mess with me.?A forthright self-portrait of a determined woman and iconic cultural figure.… (mais)
bentstoker | 10 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2024 |
Inspirational autobiography by actress Cicely Tyson (who did not pursue acting til in her 30's) details her struggles as a child brought up in poverty, trying to obtain meaningful work as a young Black lady, and her eventual career as an actress on stage, screen, and tv. The book is so relevant to today and it would be nice if the Florida Governor would read this.
knahs | 10 outras críticas | Aug 3, 2023 |
I give the book a strong 3 only because it's written well. Now...
Let me say that in my opinion Tyson sounds extremely narcissistic the entire book.
**Spoiler Alert**
- She never fails to mention how much she never watched her own movies but wants others to look up to her because of the roles she plays
- She completely dogs out Blaxploitation films but one of her good great best friends (as everyone she meets is in this book) is Bill Cosby... thought that was a strange selection for a book written in the 2020s as she also mentioned being sexually harassed in the industry
- The way she explains how on 3 separate occasions people on their deathbeds are only thinking of her -- like maybe Miles had a little something to say but the other 2 were wild - (1) a good girl friend wanted her to join a sorority as one of her final wishes, like why would that lady even be thinking about that while at deaths door and (2) a good guy friend she said "Even in his last weeks, he thought more of how his deterioration might impact me than he did of himself" she said some of this man's last words were "call Cicely" right before dying. she spent maybe 2 paragraphs on this then moved on to describe her Oscar ceremony dress. she spent more time telling us her diet on like 5 different occasions...
- The way she talked about beating up this white woman over Miles talkin bout the lady learned her lesson and then goes on to explain how the affair never ended... like girl
- It's weird that she bragged about all these god kids she has from all her famous friends but literally picked her career over raising her own daughter - like she said method acting or nothing at all because it was so important for the masses to see a good example on screen... all while being an absent mother
- the way she sent Mile's teenage nephew on the overseas comeback tour ALONE with him and justified it sent me
- the school situation in New Jersey was also strange
- and she also never failed to remind us that she didn't want to write this book
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KDS88 | 10 outras críticas | Jun 9, 2023 |
I've had this book for awhile via my Kindle Unlimited subscription and decided it was finally time to read through some of my backlist. I am not exceptionally familiar with Tyson's body of work but realize I've actually seen a number of her works. Don't know much about her, certainly wouldn't call myself a passionate fan, but all the same I saw this got good reviews and I was super curious to read more.

As with many of these celebrity memoirs you get the life and times of Tyson, from her childhood to young adulthood and her life. Much of it is focused on her personal life (family, friends, marriages and relationships, etc.) There's also a lot about her professional work. I'd say her younger years were the most interesting part of the book, but that was just me.

That's pretty much it. It was definitely interesting to see Tyson's work and career when being a Black woman in acting was obviously not going to be as easy compared to being a white man in the same industry, etc. I do agree with some of the negative reviews, though. I also had to pause when Tyson brings up Bill Cosby but not the allegations against him. A big deal? No, but those allegations go back to the 1960's and got more press/attention in the 2000's and after. Was she obligated to discuss them? No, but given some of the other writing it did feel a little odd.

I certainly wouldn't dump this book simply for that, but some just might to know. Tyson does discuss sexual harassment and abuse (not in major detail so be forewarned.

Borrowed via Kindle Unlimited and I'd say that was best for me.
… (mais)
HoldMyBook | 10 outras críticas | Apr 20, 2023 |


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