Cicely Tyson (died January 28th, aged 96)
Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson, best known for her portrayal of strong African-American women, died just two days after her memoir, Just As I Am, was published. The cause of her death was not disclosed.
Tyson rose to prominence for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in the 1972 drama film Sounder, which earned her an Oscar nomination and an Emmy nod. Her portrayal of the title role in the 1974 TV movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman won her two Emmy Awards and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her most recent acting roles include Ophelia Harkness on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder and Miss Luma Lee Langston on OWN’s Cherish the Day.