Just as I Am: A Memoir
Just as I Am: A Memoir

Just as I Am: A Memoir

By Cicely Tyson

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At last, the Academy, Tony, and three-time Emmy Award-winning actor and trailblazer, Cicely Tyson, tells her stunning story, looking back at her six-decade career and life.


Cicely Tyson was a groundbreaking, multiple-award winning actress, lecturer, activist, and one of the most respected talents in American theater and film. From her starring role as Virtue in The Blacks (1961) on Broadway, to the Emmy-nominated 1999 HBO film A Lesson Before Dying, her work has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for more than sixty years. She was the only actress to win two Emmys for the same performance (for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman): Best Lead Actress in a Drama, as well as a special, unprecedented Emmy Award for Actress of the Year. Additionally, she was the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar, and the first black woman to host Saturday Night Live. She also won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for The Trip to Bountiful.

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