Honoring Cicely Tyson With a Look Back at Her Stage Highlights

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The Tony-winning star, known for her distinguished stage and film career, died January 28.

As previously reported, Cicely Tyson, the actor and Civil Rights icon who began performing Off-Broadway in the 1950s, enjoyed a distinguished career in TV and film, and returned in triumph to win a Tony Award at age 88 for The Trip to Bountiful, died January 28 at 96.

Ms. Tyson enjoyed early stage success Off-Broadway in the long-running production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks. She won her first award for acting in 1962: a Drama Desk Award for her Off-Broadway performance in Moon on a Rainbow Shawl.

Ms. Tyson made her Broadway debut in 1959, understudying Eartha Kitt in the title role of Jolly’s Progress, opposite Vinnette Carroll and Ellis Rabb. She returned to the stage several times among her thriving film career, including performances in Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights, The Corn is Green, and more. She was last seen on Broadway in The Gin Game in 2015, starring alongside James Earl Jones.

In honor of Ms. Tyson, we are looking back at highlights from her career onstage. Flip through the gallery below.

Honoring Cicely Tyson With a Look Back at Her Stage Highlights

Honoring Cicely Tyson With a Look Back at Her Stage Highlights

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Cicely Tyson

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Cicely Tyson and Alvin Ailey in Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

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Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in The Blacks

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Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones in The Blacks

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Vinnettee Carroll, Cicely Tyson, and unidentified actor in Moon On a Rainbow Shawl

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Cicely Tyson in Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights

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Cicely Tyson in Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights

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David Steinberg and Cicely Tyson in Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights

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Louis Gossett and Cicely Tyson in Carry Me Back to Morningside Heights

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