Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Cicely Tyson sank her hands and feet into cement in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre recently in recognition of a career that has spanned six decades.
“The fact that you thought enough of what I was trying to do throughout my entire career is worthy of this moment, I cannot tell you how grateful I am,’’ the 93-year-old actress told the crowd gathered for the event, which was held as part of the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival.
Tyson is a three-time Emmy winner, winning twice in 1974 for lead drama actress and actress of the year for her work in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.’’ She won again in 1994 for supporting actress in a miniseries or special for “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.’’
Most recently, she received Emmy nominations in 2017 and 2015 for guest appearances on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder’’ and for her acting and producing work on the 2014 TV movie “The Trip to Bountiful,’’ in which she recreated the role that earned her a Tony Award on Broadway.
She received best-actress Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in 1973 for “Sounder.’’ Her most recent film appearance was in last year’s “Last Flag Flying.’’ She also received a Screen Actors Guild Award as a member of the ensemble cast of 2011’s “The Help.’’
The hand-and-footprint ceremony was hosted by writer/director Tyler Perry. Tyson appeared in Perry’s films “Diary of a Mad Black Woman’’ and “Madea’s Family Reunion.’’