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Remembering Cicely Tyson

February 1, 2021

Realistically, nobody, no matter how great transcends “a” to “THE,” however it would not be that long a process, for the magnificent actress/actor, Cicely Tyson, who died days back, after an incredible life, so powerfully and brilliantly, playing many great roles.

In such great films as true favorite of mine, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” with Alan Arkin and Percy Rodriguez and “Sounder,” with Paul Winfield, Ms. Tyson glows in powerful regret and resolve respectively, riveting me to gratefully watch again and again, alliterative tribute, just a bit of thanks, to this great lady.

I was fortunate enough to see her in relatively recent years on stage in both “The Trip to Bountiful” and “The Gin Game,” the latter with James Earl Jones. The experience was well worth any parking ordeal/waiting in the cold, the snow falling hard now a reminder.

On television Cicely Tyson knocked it out, regarding slavery, sorry but it is a stain we hope to, but really can not overcome, (as one Superman said to the other, “we must try”) as the long living woman in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and followed it up as millions “rated in” to watch the great mini-series Roots, in the winter as the calendar moved to 1977, three years after Cicely’s magnificence as “Miss Jane.”

There was so much else in a full life including romantic love, no matter how difficult, with the suffering genius, jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis.

I hope they can be together now in some form of unabashed happiness. Each left brilliance behind here, so well appreciated, as I look out literally and figuratively as the snow falls.

 

A and close to “THE” great, Cicely Tyson, pictured above.

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