Cicely Tyson, along with singer/songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actress Rita Moreno, and conductor Seiji Ozawa, were honored last night at the Kennedy Center for their creative careers.
In addition to the award, the 90-year-old actress is starring in The Gin Game, which is currently on Broadway. The production reunites her with long time colleague and friend, James Earl Jones. The two have been working with one another for 50-plus years on the stage. One of the first times they worked together was during the 1961 off-Broadway play, The Blacks.
For 60 years, Tyson has wowed American audiences with her beauty and talent. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, and a Golden Globe for her role as Rebecca Morgan in 1972’s Sounder. Tyson also has 12 Emmy nominations under her belt and a Tony for the Broadway play, The Trip to Bountiful in 2013. In all, she has nearly a hundred acting credits in film, TV, and stage.
As of late, her career has seen new light and more opportunities on shows like How to Get Away with Murder and House of Cards.
“I’m turning around,” Tyson said. “Maybe the reason why I’ve been given this second time around is that it will allow me to be an actress.”