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Here's How Tyler Perry and Other Celebs Celebrated Cicely Tyson's 96th Birthday

Olawale Ogunjimi
Dec 21, 2020
07:14 A.M.

Hollywood legend Cicely Tyson is a year older and in honor of her milestone age, many stars have taken to social media to show reverence and pay homage in the warmest ways.


Cicely Tyson is one of Hollywood’s classic stars who have remained active in showbiz and keeps being exceptionally relevant in her long career that has spanned seven decades.

In honor of her 96th birthday, many stars took to social media to celebrate her milestone age in a series of tributes while sharing well-wishes and her impact in Hollywood.

Cicely Tyson at the Grand Opening Gala of the Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson at the Grand Opening Gala of the Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia | Photo: Getty Images


Star actress Kerry Washington celebrated Tyson’s black girl magic and sweetness by sharing that the TV legend was a pacesetter for more African American ladies. She also included a photo she took with Tyson and fellow star Viola Davis.

Billionaire moviemaker Tyler Perry posted some photos of the celebrant chronicling her throwback photos and present snapshots. Perry gushed over Tyson in his caption, calling her his friend and one filled with wisdom. He captioned the post:

“Happy 96th birthday. 96 and still as sharp and as beautiful as ever. What a blessing to have you as a friend, as family and a role model…”


“Black Panther” actress Lynn Whitfield shared a selfie of her and the birthday girl rocking chic glams and smiling for Christmas. In her caption, Whitfield alluded to the positive impact Tyson had on her when she was 13-years-old.

More stars like Tasha Smith, Loni Love, and Al Roker made sure to leave heartfelt messages and prayers for Tyson on their Instagram pages, as they shared photos of their moments with her.

With time, her policy paved more ways for her and also created an impact among other African-American stars.


“How To Get Away With Murder” icon Viola Davis in her birthday shoutout shared a pleasing snap of her and Tyson locked in a warm hug while posing for the camera during a star-studded event. Davis addressed thus:

“I thank God for creating this beautiful, courageous and bold being 96 years ago…”


Presently, Tyson has a new book in the works, set to tell her story away from fame and fortune. The memoir titled “Just As I Am” will center on Tyson’s life story from her humble beginnings and her life as a family woman.

Tyson is the recipient of several awards including an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, among others. All these feats she achieved in her long-spanning career stemmed from choosing in-depth characters.


Tyson, a New York native, started her showbiz career after she quit her typist job and forayed into modeling. Soon enough, she moved to Hollywood and in 1963, she became the first African-American to appear in a TV drama.

Despite making it big and creating pivotal feats in the movie industry, Tyson faced some hitches in Hollywood. This was due to her refusal to portray roles she considered as blaxploitation.

With time, her policy paved more ways for her and also created an impact among other African-American stars. Happy birthday Cicely Tyson!

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