Who was Cicely Tyson, the actress of "Fried Green Tomatoes"

Cicely Tyson, Sipsey of "Fried Green Tomatoes" and actress who made the history of cinema, passed away at 96

Cicely Tyson, star of Fried Green Tomatoes at the train stop and icon for generations of African American actresses, passed away at 96. Behind him a career spanning 70 years, with an Oscar nomination for the film Sounder in 1973, and unforgettable performances, such as the one in The Color of Feelings, in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Train Stop and most recently in How to Get Away with Murder, a TV series in which she played the role of the mother of the heroine.

Larry Thompson, his manager, made the announcement of his death. "It is with a heavy heart that Miss Cicely Tyson's family announces her peaceful departure this afternoon," he explained in a statement, without specifying the cause of death.

Born in 1924, Cicely Tyson was born in New York, to immigrant parents from the Caribbean, growing up in the neighborhood of Harlem. She started working very young as a model, later she became an actress. A career, his, marked not only by numerous awards, but also by the will to fight injustice and racism. Precisely for this reason Cicely had often rejected roles that perpetuated certain racial cliches, such as the prostitute or the servant. His enormous talent, expressiveness and strength had been awarded several times, first with two Emmy Awards, the "TV Oscars", then with a Tony Awards for his theatrical rehearsals. In 2018 he received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar, crowning a life of battles and success.

It is no coincidence that composer Quincy Jones said that Cicley "paved the way" for new generations of actresses such as Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong’o. Among the actress’s closest friends were Barack and Michelle Obama who wanted to remember the actress on social media.

In Fried Green Tomatoes at the Train Stop, Cicely Tyson played Sipsey, the cook of the Whistle Stop Cafe who prepares delicious fried green tomatoes and utters one of the most famous lines during the film: “The secret is in the sauce”. A metaphor for life that can be sweet or bitter, but always deserves to be lived. Cicely leaves a daughter, who was 17 and the result of her first marriage to Kenneth Franklin. His great love, however, was Miles Davis, a jazz star.

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