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Biography #2 (for Because of Winn-Dixie)

Cicely Tyson is a multiple Emmy Award winner and an Academy Award nominee. She also has been honored for her humanitarian work. Her performance in Sounder brought her nominations for the Academy Award and Britain's coveted BAFTA Award. She was also named Best Actress by the Atlanta Film Festival, the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics. In addition to Sounder she starred in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, A Man Called Adam, The River Niger, Hoodlum and Fried Green Tomatoes. Ms. Tyson is perhaps best known for her performance in the title role of The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, in which she played a slave woman ranging in age from 19 to 110. She was honored with two Emmys for the performance, one as Best Actress and the other as Actress of the Year. She also won an Emmy for The Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All and nominations for A Lesson Before Dying and for the series Sweet Justice. Other memorable television work, all earning her Emmy nominations, includes playing Harriet Tubman in A Woman Called Moses, for which she received the Nymph Award as Best Actress Internationally in 1979; Binta, the mother of Kunta Kinte, in Roots; the title role of an innovative Chicago teacher in Welcome To Success: The Marva Collins Story; and Coretta Scott King, wife of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in King. Ms. Tyson has starred in a number of major television movies, including Acceptable Risks, Samaritan; The Mitch Snyder Story, Intimate Encounters, Playing With Fire, The Women Of Brewster Place, Blessed Assurance, The Road To Galveston and Mama Flora's Family. She received a CableACE Award for Heat Wave in 1990, a docudrama marking the 25th anniversary of Los Angeles' Watts Rebellion. She starred in the mini-series Aftershock in 1999 and Jewel in 2000. In 2002 she starred in The Rosa Parks Story. A highlight of her stage career was starring on Broadway in The Blacks. In her humanitarian endeavors, Ms. Tyson has been called to service by U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Bill Clinton, President Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Madame La President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast. She traveled throughout Africa as Chairperson of UNICEF and has worked around the world on behalf of children. Each year she sets aside one month to talk to students on college campuses across the country, having spoken at over 500 institutions on current topics of concern. Ms. Tyson is a founder of the renowned Dance Theater of Harlem, now in its 30th year. She has been deeply involved in the work of the American Film Institute, Urban Gateways, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Atlanta's National Black Arts Festival, Archbishop Tutu Peace Foundation, Women's Campaign Fund, Coalition For A Healthy And Active America and the National African American Museum Of History And Culture Ms. Tyson holds a record 12 Image Awards as Best Actress and has been honored by the National Council of Negro Women, PUSH, CORE, SCLA and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. Harvard University celebrated Cicely Tyson Day, Sony named her 1990 Master Film Innovator and The Smithsonian hosted a retrospective of her film career. In 1996 The New Jersey Board Of Education unanimously voted to designate a public middle and high school as The Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts. Located in East Orange, the student body of 700 of mostly underprivileged students continues to benefit from Ms. Tyson's master class in acting. In 2003, she was selected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to provide audioguide narration for its exhibition "African-American Artists 1929-1945: Prints, Drawings & Paintings."

Bio courtesy Fox for "Because of Winn-Dixie" (16-Feb-2005)

Biography #3

Cicely Tyson (born December 19, 1933) is an award-winning African-American actress. Her parents came from the island of Nevis, but Cicely was born and raised in Harlem, New York City. She was discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, and became a popular fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957, but she went on to do television - the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the soap opera Guiding Light.

In 1967, she appeared in The Comedians, and the following year, had a featured role in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. In 1972, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for Sounder.

In 1974 she won two Emmy Awards for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and became a star. Other acclaimed television roles included Roots, King, in which she played Coretta Scott King, The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (for which she won another Emmy).

Tyson co-founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem. She was married to trumpeter Miles Davis (1981-1988)

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Cicely Tyson" (18-Jun-2004)