American actor Tyler Perry stated that he paid the late Cicely Tyson $1 million for only one day of work on his 2007 film Why Did I Get Married?
In the August/September issue of AARP The Magazine, the 52-year-old filmmaker admits to paying Tyson a considerable sum of money because he “valued” her. In an interview, Perry stated that she was not sufficiently compensated for her efforts in the entertainment industry.
I was Ms. Tyson’s caregiver for the last 15 years of her life, a fact I have never disclosed publicly. I only mention that she was a proud woman because she wrote about it in her book.”
Cicely Tyson’s fortune
The late actress Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York, and rose to prominence as a model before transitioning to Hollywood acting. Her net worth upon her passing was $10 million.
According to the website, Tyler Perry’s net worth is now projected to be $800 million. Cicely Tyson, who was born on December 19, 1924, began her acting career in the 1957 drama film Carib Gold, directed by Harold Young.
She later appeared on CBS Repertoire Workshop, The Doctors and the Nurses, East Side/West Side, and Naked City, among other television programs.
After appearing in the Off-Broadway production of The Blacks, which gave her possibilities for high-profile performances, Cicely achieved fame.
In the 1966 film A Man Named Adam, she portrayed Claudia Ferguson alongside Sammy Davis Jr., Ossie Davis, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra Jr., Peter Lawford, and Ja’net DuBois.
She then appeared in numerous television programs, such as Guiding Light, I Spy, Judd for the Defense, The F.B.I., The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Bill Cosby Show, Gunsmoke, and others.
Awards And Praise
After playing Rebecca in Martin Ritt’s 1972 family drama film Sounder, Cicely became a well-known actress in Hollywood.
Her performance in the film was nominated for an Academy Award. Two years later, she starred in the television film The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, for which she won two Emmy Awards.
A Hero Is Nothing More Than a Sandwich, Tyson’s other credits include A Woman Called Moses, The Women of Brewster Place, House of Secrets, Sweet Justice, Ms. Scrooge, Touched by an Angel, The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia, House of Cards, Cherish the Day, and How to Get Away with Murder.
Her 1994 portrayal in the Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All earned her the Tony Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Peabody Award. Cicely Tyson was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 2019. She passed away in January 2021 at age 96.
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