Press release: Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor industry icon Cicely Tyson with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood during the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 27. Tyson, an Emmy- and Tony Award-winner and an Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominee, has worked in the entertainment industry for more than sixty years and has long been known for both her activism efforts and for the dynamic characters she has brought to life in film, television and theater.
From her acclaimed performance in the groundbreaking film Sounder (1972) to her work in the seminal television movies Roots (1977) and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) to her award-winning role in the Broadway revival The Trip to Bountiful (2013), Tyson has been an tireless performer and a champion of civil liberties for decades. She has garnered recognition from industry awards groups and civil rights organizations throughout her storied career and has been a recipient of top honors from the NAACP and the Kennedy Center, among many others. Notably, she is also one of the few actors to win two Emmys in the same year - for Best Lead Actress in a Drama and Actress of the Year - for her eponymous role in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. In 2016, Tyson was bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
“For decades, Tyson has been at the forefront of a shift away from clichéd, stereotypical characters of color to playing multi-dimensional, strong black women. Whether she’s playing a beleaguered mother-in-law on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful (and winning a Tony), or a woman who endures the black experience in America from slavery to civil rights in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (and winning an Emmy), or the proud and resilient matriarch of a depression era Louisiana family in Sounder (and earning an Oscar nomination), Cicely Tyson has set a standard of excellence for actresses of all backgrounds on the stage and screen.” - Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Host.
This marks the eighth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2011, Peter O’Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, and Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017.
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