Just as I Am

Just as I Am

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One of the most important actresses of our time, Cicely Tyson — at 95 — is finally sharing her life story. The recipient of an honorary Oscar and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the iconic actress whose defining roles in Sounder, Roots and the The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman unveils the pain and suffering she felt as a Black woman in America. She describes her amazing life with emotion and transparency not often found in celebrity memoirs.

“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only succeeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony

"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063028845
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/26/2021
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 15,600
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ms. Cicely Tyson is an actress, lecturer, activist, and one of the most respected talents in American theater and film history. From her starring role on Broadway in The Blacks (1961), to the Emmy-nominated 1999 HBO film A Lesson Before Dying, her work has garnered critical and commercial applause for more than sixty years. Her two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman made her the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress. In 2013, Ms. Tyson won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Miss Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful. A capstone achievement came in 2018, when she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. The Board of Governors voted unanimously to honor her with the award, which came 45 years after her Academy Award nominated performance in Sounder.

Table of Contents

Foreword A Mighty Seed Viola Davis vii

Introduction This Life xiii

Part 1 Planted

1 The Vow 3

2 String Bean 10

3 Church Girl 33

4 Transitions 47

5 The Other America 58

6 Unspoken 76

7 Ground Shifts 94

8 Divinely Guided 108

9 Shoulder Taps 117

10 Center Stage 138

Part 2 Rooted

11 Riverside Park 163

12 Going Natural 186

13 1968 204

14 Rebecca 223

15 Jane Pittman 241

16 Endings and Beginnings 254

17 The Ladder 266

18 Roots 275

19 Thanksgiving Day 299

20 Threadbare 317

21 Lesson Before Dying 333

Part 3 Bountiful

22 A Strong Harvest 353

23 Trip to Bountiful 369

24 When Great Trees Fall 382

25 Just as I Am 390

Acknowledgments 401

Dedication 407

Index 408

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