Cicely Tyson’s career was a source of inspiration on and off screen, so after the 96-year-old Hollywood icon died Thursday, it started to pour praise on him.
Prolific producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes wrote on Twitter, “I really need this to not be true.” Tyson played an unforgettable role in Rhimes’s show How to Get Away with Murder.
Rhimes then paid a homage to the legendary actor Tyson. Opened a path for Black women in the industry With nuanced characters throughout his 70-year career, winning Emmy and Tony awards.
“He was an extraordinary person,” wrote Rhimes. “He had a lot to teach. And I still have a lot to learn.”
Actor Zendaya also mourned the loss of the acting icon.
“It hurts,” wrote Zendya.
“You cleared the way,” said actor Tracie Thoms.
“You made us feel loved, seen and valued in a world where there is still an invisibility cloak for us dark chocolate girls,” wrote Viola Davis. “You are allowed to dream to me.”
Others, who also had the chance to work with Tyson, remembered him tirelessly throughout his 70-year career.
In a series of photos, rapper and actor Common recorded Tyson’s influence throughout his career, not just on screen, but in fashion and culture.
Just two days before his death, Tyson’s memory Just the way i am printed. In an interview with CBS This MorningGayle King’s Tyson spoke about his life and legacy while promoting the book.
King posted part of the interview on Thursday and thanked the lead actor.
Others have pointed out the obstacles broken down by Tyson’s work, especially for Black women. Her nuanced character depictions and graceful onscreen presence were both an inspiration and a force for change.
Bernice King, the youngest of Martin Luther King Jr.’s children, also honored the actor.
“What ship,” he wrote.