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Suing Liz Taylor, hanging up on Obama and pulling Miles Davis' weave: The wondrous life of Cecily Tyson

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American screen doyenne Cicely Tyson died last week at the age of 96, two days after publishing her memoir, 'Just As I Am'. (Photo: Getty)
American screen doyenne Cicely Tyson died last week at the age of 96, two days after publishing her memoir, 'Just As I Am'. (Photo: Getty)

American doyenne of the screen and civil rights activist Cicely Tyson died last week on 28 January, two days after her memoir 'Just As I Am', published by Harper Collins, hit the shelves.

With a wondrous career that spanned several decades, the actor known for both her looks (her willowy frame, those cheekbones sculpted like God's bits of wood) and her on and offscreen activism (she refused to play characters demeaning to black people), a book on the life of the legend was well overdue.

She fielded these requests often. From managers and agents. From family and friends. Responding quite simple each time, that she would write a book when she finally had something to say.

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