Cicely Tyson is among the friends and supporters of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. She has been honored by NCBW, and National Chair, Dr. E. Faye Williams, says she considers Ms. Tyson to be one of her closest personal friends. She performed the “Ain’t I A Woman” speech at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Unveiling Ceremony in the United States Capitol on April 28, 2009, along with First Lady Michelle Obama. The Memorial was sponsored by NCBW.
Ms. Tyson is one of America’s most respected actresses who has been able to work steadily as a television, film and stage actress since making her debut in a Harlem YWCA production of “Dark of the Moon” in the 1950’s. While she was raised in Harlem, New York, she is the daughter of Caribbean immigrants from the Island of Nevis.
“Sounder” and the “Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” are two of Ms. Tyson’s best known movies, but she has many others to her credit. In recent years, she has had outstanding roles in some of Tyler Perry’s movies.
In her early years, she worked as a secretary and successful model before becoming an award winning actress. She is very selective about the roles she plays, and has played many roles projecting positive images for Black women. “For this, we appreciate and honor her”, says Dr. Williams.
67th Annual Tony Awards in New York
|Patina Miller, winner of the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for ‘Pippin’, Cicely Tyson, winner of the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ and Billy Porter, winner of the award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for ‘ Kinky Boots’ arrive in the pressroom at the 67th Annual Tony Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2013 in New York City. UPI/Monika Graff|
“Kinky Boots” star Billy Porter earned the prize for Best Actor in a Musical, while the show also earned the accolades for Best Sound Design, Orchestrations, Score and Choreography at Radio City Music Hall Sunday night.
The show, which featured music by pop star Cyndi Lauper, went into the competition nominated for a leading 13 awards.
“Matilda,” a stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a young girl trying to save herself and her classmates from an evil school headmistress, was up for 12 prizes. It won for Best Book, Scenic Design of a Musical, Lighting Design in a Musical and Featured Actor in a Musical for Gabriel Ebert.
Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a comedy about a dysfunctional family in rural Bucks County, Pa., won the Tony for Best Play.
Edward Albee’s scathing relationship drama “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” was declared the Best Revival of a Play. Pam MacKinnon picked up the award for Best Direction of a Play and Tracy Letts the prize for Best Actor in a Play.
“Pippin” earned the title for Best Revival of a Musical. The medieval circus-themed show’s ringmaster Patina Miller won for Best Actress in a Musical and her co-star Andrea Martin scored the Tony for Featured Actress in a Musical. Diane Paulus picked up the trophy for Best Direction of a Musical for directing “Pippin.”
“Matilda,” “Newsies,” “Once,” “Bring It On,” “Annie,” “Pippin,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” “Motown,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “A Christmas Story.” Neil Patrick Harris served as host of the awards show.
New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said during the ceremony 11.6 million people attended shows during the 2012-13 Broadway season.
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