*Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced it will honor stage and screen legend Cicely Tyson with a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX® in Hollywood during the ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 27.
The Emmy and Tony Award winner and an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee, has worked in the entertainment industry for more than sixty years and has long been known for both her activism efforts and for the dynamic characters she has brought to life in film, television and theater.
“For decades, Tyson has been at the forefront of a shift away from clichéd, stereotypical characters of color to playing multi-dimensional, strong black women. Whether she’s playing a beleaguered mother-in-law on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful (and winning a Tony), or a woman who endures the black experience in America from slavery to civil rights in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (and winning an Emmy), or the proud and resilient matriarch of a depression era Louisiana family in Sounder (and earning an Oscar nomination), Cicely Tyson has set a standard of excellence for actresses of all backgrounds on the stage and screen,” said Ben Mankiewicz, TCM Primetime Host.
In 2016, Tyson was bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
This marks the eighth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX®. In 2012, Kim Novak was the honoree, followed by Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014, Christopher Plummer in 2015, Francis Ford Coppola in 2016, and Carl and Rob Reiner in 2017.