Cicely Tyson

Creative disruptor who challenged status quo.

Cicely Tyson
Full NameCecily Louise Tyson

Is Cicely Tyson a nepo baby?

Nope! Cicely Tyson never let their humble beginnings define them. They are a true self-starter who always took the initiative to make things happen and are now one of the most successful bootstrappers of their generation.

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  • East Side/West Side
  • House of Cards
  • TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
  • The 67th Annual Tony Awards
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • How to Get Away with Murder
  • The Help
  • King
  • Free to Be... You & Me
  • A Woman Called Moses
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • The Women of Brewster Place
  • Madam Secretary
  • Mama Flora's Family
  • Rwanda Rising
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
  • Just an Old Sweet Song
  • Sounder
  • Odds Against Tomorrow
  • The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
  • Always Outnumbered
  • The Rosa Parks Story
  • The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards
  • The Helen Reddy Show
  • I Spy
  • The 50th Annual Academy Awards
  • Sweet Justice
  • Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
  • Marriage: Year One
  • The Trip to Bountiful
  • The 5th Annual TV Land Awards
  • Last Flag Flying
  • A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich
  • The 45th Annual Academy Awards
  • 2002 Trumpet Awards
  • Heat Wave
  • The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • Playing with Fire
  • A Lesson Before Dying
  • A Man Called Adam
  • Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
  • The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards
  • Relative Stranger
  • Everybody Rides the Carousel
  • Clippers
  • Cherish the Day

Family Tree

Royalty of the arts, Cicely Tyson and Miles Davis, are renowned for their immense contributions to the jazz genre and their iconic presence in the entertainment industry. Cicely was born in Harlem, New York City to devoutly religious parents from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony Magazine, her stunning looks quickly rose her to the top of the modeling industry. She later transitioned to acting and was even nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968). Miles was born in Alton, Illinois in 1926 and moved to New York in 1944 to study at Juilliard. It was here that he entered the jazz society of New York and met famous musicians such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Charles Mingus. His record debut came in 1946 and Miles soon became a major figure of jazz, changing the direction of jazz multiple times with albums such as "Birth Of The Cool" (1949) and "Kind Of Blue" (1959), ushering in the cool-jazz and modal jazz eras respectively.

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