Cicely Tyson will be honored by Turner Classic Movies with an official hand-and-footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater in California on April 27, 2018. The ceremony will take place during the TCM Classic Film Festival.
In a statement released by TCM Primetime Host Ben Mankiewicz, he says: “For decades, Tyson has been at the forefront of a shift away from clichéd, stereotypical characters of color to playing multi-dimensional, strong black women.”
“Whether she’s playing a beleaguered mother-in-law on Broadway in ‘The Trip to Bountiful’ (and winning a Tony), or a woman who endures the black experience in America from slavery to civil rights in ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’ (and winning an Emmy), or the proud and resilient matriarch of a depression era Louisiana family in ‘Sounder’ (and earning an Oscar nomination).”
Mankiewicz continued, “Cicely Tyson has set a standard of excellence for actresses of all backgrounds on the stage and screen.”
TCM honorees have previously included Jane Fonda, Frances Ford Coppola and Carl and Rob Reiner.