Cicely Tyson Fast Facts

US actress and honoree Cicely Tyson attends the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2018.  (Photo credit: VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

(CNN)Here's a look at the life of Emmy Award-winning actress Cicely Tyson.

Personal

Birth date: December 19, 1924 (some sources say 1933)
Birth place: New York, New York
    Birth name: Cicely Tyson
    Father: William Tyson, a carpenter and painter
    Mother: Theodosia Tyson
    Marriage: Miles Davis (1981-1988, divorced)
    Education: Attended New York University

    Other Facts

    On the Dance Theatre of Harlem's national advisory board.
    Nominated for 14 Emmy Awards and has won three.
    Nominated for one Academy Award. Recipient of an honorary award.
    Nominated for one Tony Award and has won one.

    Timeline

    1950s - Is discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine.
    1956 - Appears on the cover of both Vogue and Harper's Bazaar.
    1963 - Appears as "Jane Foster" in the TV series "East Side/West Side."
    1972 - Stars in "Sounder," winning a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination.
    1974 - Wins Emmys for Actress of the Year - Special and Best Lead Actress in a Drama for the film, "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman."
    January 1977 - Portrays Binta, the mother of Kunta Kinte, in the miniseries, "Roots."
    1977 - Inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame.
    1981 - Marries jazz legend Miles Davis in comedian Bill Cosby's home.
    1983 - Heads to Broadway, briefly starring in "The Corn is Green."
    1994 - Wins the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries for "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All."
    1995 - The Cicely L. Tyson Community School of Performing & Fine Arts, an elementary school in East Orange, New Jersey, is named in her honor.
    August 21, 1997 - Receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    2010 - Is awarded the NAACP Spingarn Medal.
    2011 - Appears in the movie "The Help."
    March 2011 - Appears in Willow Smith's music video for the song, "21st Century Girl."
    2013 - Returns to Broadway after 30 years, winning a Tony for Best Actress in "The Trip to Bountiful."
    2015 - Receives the Kennedy Center Honors.
    November 22, 2016 - In a ceremony honoring 21 Americans, Tyson is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
    November 18, 2018 - Receives an Honorary Award from the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion PIcture Arts and Sciences along with Lalo Schifrin and Marvin Levy.
      August 13, 2019 - The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announces that Tyson will join the cast of its new anthology romance series "Cherish the Day." The series, created with Warner Horizon Scripted Television, will premiere winter of 2020.
      December 3, 2019 - The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announces that Tyson will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on January 28, 2019, along with Bob Iger, Geraldine Laybourne, Seth MacFarlane and Jay Sandrich.