Hollywood has lost an Icon, Cicely Tyson dies at the age of 96.

The news of her death was announced by her manager Larry Thompson in very touching lines;

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing. Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree."

Cicely Tyson was the first African-American woman to win an honorary Academy Award. Also in her name is a three times Primetime Emmy Awards, Four Black Reel Awards, one Tony Award, One Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Peabody Award.

Since the news of her demise, notable Hollywood actors have said really piercing words about her impact on the earth. Barack Obama said “In her extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson was one of the rare award-winning actors whose work on the screen was surpassed only by what she was able to accomplish off of it. She had a heart unlike any other—and for 96 years, she left a mark on the world that few will ever match".

Cicely Tyson became famous for her role as Rebecca Morgan in 1972 in the movie ‘Souder’. However, newbies are familiar with the veteran’s role as Ophelia Harkness in ‘How To Get Away With Murder’,  and Constantine Jefferson in the award-winning film The Help.

The Icon will be missed especially by the likes of Viola Davis, Tyler Perry, Oprah, Taraji P. Henson, and virtually all black actors and actresses as she paved the way for their to_date brewing careers via her active role in the fight against colorism.

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