Cicely Tyson, at 88, Wins Tony for Best Actress in a Play for ‘The Trip to Bountiful’

by | June 10, 2013 at 11:02 AM | Black Entertainment, General

Cicely Tyson (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

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Cicely Tyson, who returned to Broadway this season for the first time in 30 years, has taken home the Tony Award for best leading actress in a play.

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In Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” Tyson plays a widow in 1953 whose only desire is to revisit her old home in Bountiful and recapture purpose she lost when she left for Houston.

Tyson, 88, beat out Laurie Metcalf, Amy Morton, Kristine Nielsen and Holland Taylor.

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Tyson was nominated for an Oscar for her role in “Sounder” in 1972. Other film credits include “Fried Green Tomatoes,” ”Bustin’ Loose” and “Jefferson in Paris.”

She won Emmys for “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.” She was also nominated for her role in the miniseries “Roots.”