Cicely Tyson is an American actress born in 1933 in New York, New York. During her career she has appeared in films such as Sounder, Bustin’ Loose, The River Niger, The Blue Bird, The Last Angry Man, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion and Idlewild. Tyson has also appeared on television shows such as The Bill Cosby Show, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Wilma, and Mama Flora’s Family. She has attainted a Tony Award, Outer Critics Award, Drama Desk Award, Primetime Emmy Award and multiple NAACP Image Awards. She was married to musician Miles Davis until their divorce in 1988.