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Cicely Tyson, award-winning, iconic actress dies at 96

LOS ANGELES — Cicely Tyson, an award-winning icon of the stage and screen, died Thursday her manager Larry Thompson confirmed.  Tyson’s career spanned more than 40 years as she broke barriers for Black actress with impeccable grace.

Tyson earned Emmys for best actress in a drama and actress of the year for the 1974 TV miniseries “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” in which revolutionary aging makeup helped her portray the title character from early adulthood into her final years as a centenarian.

She was 96. A family statement did not reveal the cause of death.