Did Cicely Tyson have a child?
Yes, Cicely Tyson had one known child, a daughter named Joan Tyson.
Cicely Tyson’s Daughter: Who is Joan Tyson?
Joan Tyson is believed to be the biological daughter of American actress and fashion model Cicely Tyson whom she calls “Joan” in her memoir, “Just As I Am.” Tyson raised her daughter largely out of the spotlight, though she describes her daughter’s birth, upbringing, and the way her career affected her lone child.
Cicely revealed in her latest memoir that the relationship she shares with her daughter was “fragile and precious”. Cicely was merely 17 when she bore her daughter. Cicely kept her daughter hidden from the spotlight. It turns out that her real name was never revealed.
Joan Tyson Daughter
Cecily Tyson said she and her daughter “continue to work on our relationship, as fragile as it is precious,” and she dedicated the book to her: “the one who has paid the greatest price for this gift to all.”
Viola Davis, Tyson’s onscreen daughter Annalise Keating in the ABC drama series “How to Get Away With Murder,” pens the foreword, sharing emotional memories of her first discovery of Tyson’s work and how it impacted her, according to USA Today.
Joan Tyson Cicely Tyson Daughter
Naming her ‘Joan’ for the memoir, Cicely Tyson stated that her daughter was sent to school away from the actress’s glittery lifestyle. However, Cicely noted that she regretted the time she spent away from ‘Joan’.
“I do not regret that I chose to earn a living in the manner in which I did, or that I arranged for Joan to attend school in a world miles north of mine,” Tyson wrote. “But I do mourn that my child, during the years she hungered to have me close, felt my absence so profoundly.”
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She revealed she gave birth to Joan aged just 17 and that her daughter has largely stayed out of the spotlight. The actress described in detail her daughter’s birth, upbringing and the way her career affected her only child.
The award-winning actress dedicated the book to Joan, who she said is “the one who has paid the greatest price for this gift to all”.
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Little is known about Joan and there are no photos available of her. It is not clear who Joan’s father is.
Cicely Tyson Death & Cause of Death
Cicely Tyson died on January 28, 2020, at the age of 96, just two days after her book’s publication. She also became the first black woman to take on the main role in the TV drama East Side/West Side in the 1960s.
No cause of the death was given. The former fashion model had a career that spanned seven decades.
Tyson turned down stereotypical roles for black women, agreeing only to play characters that were strong, positive and realistic.
Her manager, Larry Thompson, said in a statement: “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing. Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life”.
Viola Davis, Tyson’s onscreen daughter Annalise Keating in the ABC drama series “How to Get Away With Murder,” paid tribute to Tyson on Instagram.
She wrote: “I’m devastated. My heart is just broken. I loved you so much!! You were everything to me! You made me feel loved and seen and valued in a world where there is still a cloak of invisibility for us dark chocolate girls. You gave me permission to dream….because it was only in my dreams that I could see the possibilities in myself. I’m not ready for you to be my angel yet. But…I also understand that it’s only when the last person who has a memory of you dies, that you’ll truly be dead. In that case, you will be immortal. Thank you for shifting my life. Thank you for the long talks. Thank you for loving me. Rest well 💔💔💔”
Cicely Tyson Husband
Cicely Tyson was married twice. She divorced her most recent husband, Miles Davis, in 1988.
Cicely Tyson Children
Cicely Tyson had one known child, a daughter named Joan.