Cicely Tyson is a living legend but she’s not content to just sit home and enjoy the spoils of a six-decade career in entertainment. The actress is currently starring on Broadway with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Williams in “The Trip To Bountiful.” For her work, she was recently nominated for a Tony Award. Given all her accomplishments, the two-time Emmy Award winner says that she can’t definitely answer which time in her life has been the best thus far.
“I think that each decade for me has been remarkable,” Tyson told The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
“Each one. Each one has offered and taught me something and led me to the next one. Its very difficult for me to say these are the best, because I don’t know what’s to come. But they’re good.”
LIke ”Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Streetcar Named Desire,” both Broadway revivals with predominantly black casts, “The Trip to Bountiful,” is another example of the success of “color-blind” casting.
The original play was turned into a 1985 film starring Geraldine Page, John Heard and Rebecca DeMornay which one Page an Oscar for her role as Carrie Watts. In the play and film, Watts, the role played by Tyson, is an elderly woman who wants to return to her small Southern hometown against the wishes of her son and daughter-in-law. Asked how she remembered all the lines as she’s on stage more than any of the other actors, Tyson says that’s the easy part.