Cicely Tyson, an Actress Who Shattered Stereotypes, Dies at 96

By Robert D. McFadden   In a remarkable career of many decades, she refused to take parts that demeaned Black people and won a Tony, Emmys and an honorary Oscar. Cicely Tyson, the stage, screen and television actress whose vivid portrayals of strong African-American women shattered racial stereotypes in the dramatic arts of the 1970s, propelling her to stardom and fame as an exemplar for civil rights, died on Thursday. She was 96. Her death was announced by her longtime manager, Larry Thompson, who provided no other details. In a…

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