95-year-old, Cicely Tyson was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame.
The acting legend was recognized at the 25th induction ceremony at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, California. Legends among legends attended the ceremony including Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, TV director Jay Sandrich and Disney executive Robert Igor.
Grey’s Anatomy creator, Shonda Rhimes inducted Cicely Tyson in the Hall of Fame, honoring for her work in the entertainment industry for more than 80 years. Rhimes says:
“And then there is that rarest of souls, that one spark of light who not only fulfills her dreams but also fulfills the dreams of generations to follow. That courageous warrior who demands more, and makes more out of a dream than anyone before her ever dared to imagine possible. See, Ms. Cicely Tyson is not like you or me. She isn’t just someone who fulfilled her dream. Ms. Cicely Tyson herself is a dream fulfilled.”
During the induction, Cicely speaks on her trailblazing career and being the first black actor to star on a TV series, the first Black woman to win an Emmy as a lead actress in a television movie and the very first Black actress to receive an Honorary Oscar (2018).
Cicely humbly accepted the award by sharing the moment with her late mother, who was “extremely upset” with her for not going to college. Tyson said jokingly “I want to let you know that I’m at an Academy now. And I hope I made up for the disappointment.”
In closing, Cicely Tyson jokes:
“I’ve been getting a lot of awards lately and I find myself wondering if y’all know something that I don’t know, and if you do, you better share it with me, because I will find a way to find out. “I have had an incredible career,”
Tyson proceeded “I am grateful, not to the shoulders that I stood on, but the backs that I laid on and stood on while the women in our family picked cotton with babies strapped to their backs. I’m grateful for them. I am super grateful that I have been here for 95 years, and have no idea who this person is. I find myself looking in the mirror every now and then and saying ‘Cicely, do you believe this?’ I don’t [believe it] but I am grateful to the Heavenly Father, to every single one of you who has held me up over these years. I want you to know that I would not be here if it weren’t for each one you.”