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Hollywood legend, Cicely Tyson has passed on. She was 96.

Larry Thompson, her manager, made the announcement on Thursday.

The history maker died two days after her memoir, Just as I Am was published.

Tyson became the first African American to win a lead actress Emmy Award for her performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

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She also won a supporting actress Emmy for her role in The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.

The screen goddess portrayed several real-life American heroines during her glorious career.

Oscar nominated her for playing Rebecca Morgan in the Martin Ritt drama Sounder. Liza Minnelli of Cabaret won the category.

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Tyson was later honoured with an Oscar statuette, a recognition for extraordinary lifetime achievement and exceptional contributions to the motion picture arts and sciences.

“I don’t know that I would cherish a better gift than this. This is the culmination of all those years of have and have-not”, she said in her acceptance speech.

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