Zendaya, Oprah, others react to Cicely Tyson’s death
LOS ANGELES – Reaction to Tony and Emmy-winning actor Cicely Tyson pass away at 96.
“This one hurts, today we honor and celebrate the life of one of the greatest to ever do. Thank you Cicely Tyson. Rest in great power. – Zendaya via Instagram.
Cicely decided early on that her work as an actress would be more than a job. She used her career to enlighten black humanity. The roles she played reflected her values; she never compromised. Her life so fully lived is a testament to greatness. ”“ Oprah Winfrey, in a written statement.
“She was an amazing person. And it is an extraordinary loss. She had so much to teach. And I still have so much to learn. I am grateful for every moment. His power and grace will be with us forever. – Shonda Rhimes via Instagram.
“Thanks Cicely Tyson … for everything …” – Gayle King on Twitter.
“This one is deep. @IAmCicelyTyson was my first screen mom .. Elegance, warmth, beauty, wisdom, style and abundant grace. She was as royal as they come. A first-rate artist, I will love her forever. – Levar Burton on Twitter.
“Often the talent and success of black girls and women is treated like gold in the pan – temporary and fleeting. Tyson showed the world that the black woman is more than a moment. We are legends, myths in their own right. – inauguration poet Amanda Gorman, in a written statement.
“Caption. Rest in Heaven Queen. Thanks for breaking down the doors of girls like me. #CicelyTyson” – actor Tika Sumpter on Twitter.
“So many great stories about Cicely Tyson! Phew: this lady was amazing. While she was filming a doc on her in Spanish Harlem, people kept stopping their cars! In the street! To jump in and say hello! The elderly. Teenagers. Middle aged fans. “Ciss-el-lee” they sang as she passed! – Soledad O’Brien via Twitter.
“Although we are not related, her mother was friends with my grandmother in the West Indies, with strong resonant struggles and triumphs. Farewell to a force of nature itself – in person, on stage and on screen. – Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter.
“The King Center joins the world in remembering the life and legacy of #CicelyTyson. Trailblazer is not a sufficient description. What a legendary artist, wise and matriarch. We salute her. Rest in power, Dame Cicely. – The Martin Luther King Center, Jr via Twitter.
“If only we could be as blessed as the prolific, vivacious and pioneer Cicely Tyson to live to be 96 years old and have had such a busy life, to accomplish so many awesome milestones and to leave such an incredible job. . She will never be forgotten! #CicelyTyson ”- comedian-actress Sherri Shepherd on Twitter.
“Wow, what a loss! Cicely Tyson just released her memoir this week! The story of her life and now the news of her passing. She was a trailblazer. A trailblazer, a strength, and an elegant woman of class.” – Maria Shriver on Twitter.
“Cicely Tyson is one of those legends you hoped we would have forever. And you knew it was a silly dream but you dreamed it anyway. This day is difficult for so many reasons. It is a huge loss. Thank you for your gifts, queen. – actor-comedian-writer Robin Thede via Twitter.
“I am sad to hear that we have lost our dear Cicely Tyson, the cutest person I have ever met. Queen, legend and trailblazer, Mrs. Cicely Tyson has opened the door to so many black actresses on Broadway and on television and cinema. ” – Earvin “Magic” Johnson via Twitter.
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