Cicely Tyson is one of those successful African-American actresses in Hollywood who ruled the industry on their own terms. Other than being a phenomenal actress, Cicely Tyson is also a successful fashion model. She is known for her deep and meaningful acting. Here, have a look at the career, biography, and net worth of Cicely Tyson in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Cicely Tyson was born as Cicely L. Tyson on December 19, 1924, in Harlem, New York, to Frederica Tyson and William Augustine Tyson. She belonged to a middle-class family. Her mother was a homemaker while her father worked as a carpenter and painter. Given the fact, Cicely didn’t have a pleasant childhood. She didn’t even gain a proper education. At the teenage itself, she started working and thus began the journey of her unstoppable career.
Unlike her professional life, Cicely Tyson couldn’t have a smooth personal life. Over her lifespan, she married once, and it ended up in a divorce. During the early 1980s, she came into the relationship with music composer Miles Davis. The couple got married in 1981 in a grand ceremony. Unfortunately, their relationship ended in 1988 when they both decided to part their ways. The marriage yielded no children. Since then, Cicely never married again.
Career, Awards, & Nominations
As a teenager, Cicely started working as a typewriter to support herself financially. Soon, her stunning beauty got the attention of ‘Ebony’ magazine, and she got a modeling offer. Her mother was against her will, but she accepted the offer and broke into the glamour world. Her modeling career paved her way to the silver screen. She got the first acting offer in 1951 in the TV sitcom ‘Frontiers of Faith’. However, she had to wait almost ten years to taste the success. In 1961, she achieved the success with the TV show ‘The Blacks’.
She further achieved success with her acting works such as ‘Sounder’, ‘The Help, ‘Hoodlum’, ‘A Lesson before dying’, ‘Diary of a Black mad woman’, and ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’. She excelled her acting skills not only in TV shows but also in films and theatre arts. She was even featured in a radio theater.
Her successful acting career has earned her many prestigious awards including 3 Primetime Emmy Award, Black Reel Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and Tony Award. She has also received one Oscar nomination. She has also been conferred with the honor of Presidential Medal of Freedom Award.
Net Worth & Earnings
Over her long-spanning career of almost seven decades, Cicely has earned a huge success as well as a massive wealth. Though today the actress is not as active as she was decades ago, she still holds a remarkable net worth. As of now, the phenomenal actress is estimated to have a staggering net worth of $11 million. This is a giant net worth for an 93-year-old lady. Since 2017, she has been away from the industry, so her net worth might slip down in future.
Cicely Tyson’s life has been full of ups and downs, but she managed it all alone and gained the success. She is truly an inspiration for millions. Other than her acting works, she is also known for her charity works.