Award winning television, film, stage actress and former fashion model Cicely Tyson, 95, highly reputed for her brilliant portrayal of strong African-American women on the small screen and the big screen, boasts of an illustrious career spanning seven decades and now she’s ready to give fans a glimpse at her journe.
The Hollywood legend who boasts and Academy Award, Presidential Medal Of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honors, Tony Awards and an Emmy Award with notable film credits including: “Sounder.” “The River Niger,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “The Help,” “Alex Cross” and “Last Flag Flying” is set to release her Memoir come 2021.
According to Essence, Tyson will chronicle her early career and relationships with important figures like Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Ossie, Ruby Davis, Richard Pryor, and James Earl Jones in an autobiography titled Just As I Am.
As well as moments with superstars like Maya Angelou, Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Aretha Franklin, and even Quincy Jones.
“At 95, I’m only beginning to fully understand my identity,” said Tyson in a statement obtained by Essence. “The accolades, the lights, the glamour and glitter—they’re all just ornaments on a tree. It is only a tree’s roots, its origins beneath the soil, that can reveal its entire story.”
“Every one of my experiences on the public stage has been rooted in my upbringing, those years spent at my mother’s elbow and in the pews of my church. That was my world. And that foundation, that core, led me to a lifetime of growth—a wondrous journey that has made me who I am.”