Cicely Tyson is born in New York City on December 19, 1924, and is raised in Harlem.
Begins her career in modeling.
Tyson's first film role in "Carib Gold."
With James Earl Jones, stars in Jean Genet’s off-Broadway play, “The Blacks in New York,” which ran for over 1,400 shows.
Becomes the first African American star of a TV drama with the release of “East Side / West Side.”
Release of her film, “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.”
Release of her film, “Sounder,” for which she is nominated for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award.
Release of her television film, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” for which she wins an Emmy Award for Best Actress.
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.
Release of the miniseries, “King,” for which she is nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
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.
Moving to Broadway, she stars as the lead in “The Corn is Green.”
Release of the miniseries, “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” for which she wins a Primetime Emmy Award.
Receives the 95th Spingarn Medal from the NAACP.
Wins the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her work in the Broadway revival of “The Trip to Bountiful.”
Receives five Emmy nominations for her guest-starring role on “How to Get Away with Murder.”
Receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Receives the Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tyson is inducted into the Television Fall of Fame.