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Cicely Tyson Shared Childhood Stories in a Final Interview the Day before Her Death — See Video

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Feb 01, 2021
08:15 A.M.
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Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson was passionate about her acting career. A day before she passed away, the legendary actress had a final interview with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest.

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Many fans were left heartbroken after renowned actress Cicely Tyson died last week at 96. The actress was known for her exceptional acting in films such as "The Sounder" and "The Help."

Despite her old age, Tyson had continued her work in the entertainment industry. Her latest appearance was during an interview with TV hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest that aired on January 31.

Cicely Tyson attends the grand opening gala of Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson attends the grand opening gala of Tyler Perry Studios on October 5, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo: Getty Images

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TYSON'S LAST INTERVIEW

During the "Live with Kelly and Ryan" show, Tyson talked about her early childhood while living in New York. The actress also revealed that her mother encountered a stranger who predicted her future.

While her mother was pushing her in a baby carriage, an unknown woman stopped on the street to play with Tyson. The stranger then told her mother she had a sixth sense. Tyson recalled what the stranger said:

"She's going to make you very proud one day and she will take care of you in your old age."

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REMEMBERING A LEGEND

Tyson also opened up about another part of her early life in New York. The "Just As I Am" author shared she grew up as a shy girl who had a thumb-sucking habit for twelve years.

Amid a challenging childhood, the "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" star overcame her life barriers. Seeing the pre-recorded interview, both Seacrest and Ripa became sentimental.

Seacrest took to his Instagram Story to share a piece of the interview with the two-time Emmy Award winner. The "American Idol" host wrote that it was an honor to have a conversation with the legendary actress.

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Cicely Tyson holding two Emmy Awards she won for her performance in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson holding two Emmy Awards she won for her performance in "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" on May 28, 1974 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Ripa also shared a picture from their last interview with Tyson in her Instagram Story. She described the veteran actress as American royalty and an "epitome of greatness."

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Tyson was one of the actresses who turned down stereotypical roles for Black women in the entertainment industry.

LENNY'S EMOTIONAL TRIBUTE

Earlier, Tyson's manager Larry Thompson confirmed that the actress peacefully passed away in the afternoon of January 28. The family also requested their privacy while mourning.

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With news of her death, legendary rock icon Lenny Kravitz penned an emotional note to Tyson, his godmother. The "Fly Away" singer shared that she lived "a remarkable life."

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Tyson was one of the actresses who turned down stereotypical roles for Black women in the entertainment industry. She would only play characters that were positive, realistic, and strong.

Before acting, Tyson worked as a model. For over 40 years of managing Tyson's enduring Hollywood career, Thompson noted that each year of working with the late actress was a privilege and a blessing.

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