Underwood Shares ‘Legacy of Excellence’ of Cecily Tyson

Watching a movie is one thing. Being emotionally impacted by the on-screen images and actor portrayals is totally another. According to Blair Underwood, Cecily Tyson, who passed away last week at 96, was one of those who moved millions with her Excellence. –By Brian Hurlburt, Founder and Host, Magnifying Excellence Podcast.

“What made her great is her tenacity, her persistence, her drive, her love of life. She lived life, she lived life out loud, [and] she did it boldly,” said Underwood on Entertainment Tonight. “Her whole sense of life was about taking a bite out of it, making a statement, being bold and being unapologetic and that’s one of the things I learned from her. My biggest lesson from her was, love life, take care of yourself,” he added. “She was a vegan since the 1960s, around the time she was married to Miles Davis, and she said, ‘Just be careful what you put inside your body. You’ll last longer.’ So I learned a lot from her about the craft, the art of acting, the work, but also how to live life, how to walk through life.”

The headline of the article was, “Blair Underwood on Cicely Tyson’s ‘Legacy of Excellence’ and Lesson He Learned From Her.”

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Tyson was a pioneering Black actor who gained an Oscar nomination for her role as the sharecropper’s wife in “Sounder,” won a Tony Award in 2013 at age 88 and touched TV viewers’ hearts in “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,”