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Inside Tyler Perry and Cicely Tyson's Heartwarming Relationship through the Years

Afouda Bamidele
Feb 06, 2021
09:50 P.M.
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For millions of fans across the world, the legendary Cicely Tyson was simply an amazing actress but to Tyler Perry, she was more than a simple colleague.

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Cicely Tyson was an award-winning entertainer who dominated Hollywood for over three decades with her numerous portrayals of strong Black women. The late icon was loved by many of her colleagues, especially actor Tyler Perry.

The "Madea" star had a deep relationship with Tyson that transcended the borders of a working relationship which was evident in the moments the pair spent together off-screen. Here is more about their relationship.

Cicely Tyson and Tyler Perry attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

Cicely Tyson and Tyler Perry attend the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images

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HOW IT BEGAN

Just days before her death on January 28, 2021, Tyson's memoir "Just As I Am" was released and the renowned actress used this book to explain her unique relationship with Perry.

The pair met in 2005 on the set of the billionaire's movie "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" where they developed a close friendship that led to Tyson gaining more roles in Perry's movies.

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According to the 96-year-old's memoir, the producer paid her generously for her services and sometimes doubled or quadrupled her normal pay. This was due to the icon being underpaid for her previous roles.

Tyson's death broke the hearts of many but no one felt the pain like those close to the iconic actress, especially Perry.

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The beautiful friendship between Tyson and Perry grew stronger in the 16 years they spent together and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" star was chosen to be the actor's son, Aman's godmother.

ABOUT HER MEMOIR

Tyson's memoir "Just As I Am" was written with Michelle Burford and it is centered around the actress's life, achievements, and experiences in Hollywood as well as her unique relationships.

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Some of her special encounters included the icon's ex-husband, the late trumpeter Miles Davis. The actress met the artist while he was still married to Frances Taylor Davis but their relationship began after his divorce.

PERRY'S TRIBUTE

Tyson's death broke the hearts of many but no one felt the pain like those close to the iconic actress, especially Perry. The renowned actor expressed his grief on Instagram with a touching tribute.

Actor Cicely Tyson speaks onstage at the screening of 'Sounder' at Day 2 of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 27, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Actor Cicely Tyson speaks onstage at the screening of 'Sounder' at Day 2 of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 27, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

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The "Madea" star uploaded a series of pictures capturing various moments of his time with Tyson alongside a long heartfelt message in which he described the late icon as the grandmother he never had.

This emotional Instagram post wasn't the only way the billionaire honored the actress's memory as he also engraved her name on one of the 12 soundstages found at Tyler Perry Studios.

He unveiled this sweet tribute during the studio's grand opening and this marked yet another gesture of love the media mogul has shown to appreciate the late actress and her contributions to Black entertainment.

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