American Masters

Why Cicely Tyson was selective about her acting roles

Clip: 01/18/2021 | 43s | Video has closed captioning.

Cicely Tyson's support for civil rights came through her portrayals of Black womanhood in her film roles. As a result, she was selective in the kind of work she took on and describes here how roles that appealed to her didn't come very often.

Aired: 01/18/21

Rating: NR

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