Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Cicely Tyson biographical timeline

Cicely Tyson in Utrecht, The Netherlands in 1973.

 

1924

Cicely Tyson is born in New York City on December 19, 1924, and is raised in Harlem.

1924
Late 1950s

Begins her career in modeling.

Late 1950s
1956

Tyson's first film role in "Carib Gold."

1956
1961

With James Earl Jones, stars in Jean Genet’s off-Broadway play, “The Blacks in New York,” which ran for over 1,400 shows.

1961
1963-64

Becomes the first African American star of a TV drama with the release of “East Side / West Side.”

1963-64
1968

Release of her film, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”

1968
1972

Release of her film, “Sounder,” for which she is nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.

1972
1974

Release of her television film, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” for which she wins an Emmy Award for Best Actress.

1974
1977

Tyson is inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Release of the miniseries, “Roots,” for which she is nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

1977
1978

Release of the miniseries, “King,” for which she is nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

1978
1981

Release of the television film, “The Marva Collins Story,” for which she is nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Marries jazz musician Miles Davis, whom she later divorces in 1989.

1981
1983

Moving to Broadway, she stars as the lead in “The Corn is Green.”

1983
1994

Release of the miniseries, “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” for which she wins a Primetime Emmy Award.

1994
2010

Receives the 95th Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.

2010
2013

Wins the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her work in the Broadway revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.”

2013
2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Receives five Emmy nominations for her guest-starring role on “How to Get Away with Murder.”

2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
2016

Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

2016
2019

Receives the Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

2019
2020

Tyson is inducted into the Television Fall of Fame.

2020
SHARE