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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Today In B'Days

Her birthday was actually yesterday, but I couldn't let it go unmarked, as she is one of Black Hollywood's national treasures. Cicely Tyson is 74.

I tried to find a clip of "Sounder", because I've been thinking about that movie lately. For those of you who don't know, "Sounder" was the poor black southern version of "Old Yeller". For those of you that don't know "Old Yeller", I don't know what to tell you. However, that movie seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth.

So anyway, here is a clip of Ms. Tyson in "The Rosa Parks Story" co-starring Angela Bassett. It's funny, cause Ms. Tyson seems to be the forerunner for Ms. Bassett, always keeping it dignified and strictly un-coon....Cicely would be playing Angela's roles 30 years ago. This movie was also directed by Julie Dash of "Daughters Of The Dust" fame.

Damn! Embedding disabled. So here is a trailer of her in "A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich" with her co-star from "Sounder" Paul Winfield. LMAO at the YT announcer pronouncing the name of this movie all serious.

As a side note of trivia, Cicely was also married to Miles Davis. What a fun ride that must have been. (insert sarcasm here).


clnmike said...

Daughters Of The Dust.

That was a good movie.

Cicely Tyson is a champ. I have not seen her in a sorry role. It's a shame more actresses do not take after her. But than again it is not like they are a lot of roles that can offer them that chance.

rasx() said...

More Ms. Tyson and Daughters trivia: one of her famous hair dressers is the mother of the mother of my daughter.

Floyd Webb is a long-time collaborator of Julie Dash.

Regina said...

She is a African American icon for sure1 I think the most notable movie for me was her in the "Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman" but I also loved her with Richard Pryor in "Bustin Loose".
If you look at her filmography it is strictly phenomenal!
She is an awesom asset to our culture and to film overall!

Invisible Woman said...

You're right clnmike; but there were even less of those roles then, I think...she took all of them, tho!

thanks for that info ras :-)

@regina: agreed 100%