When Cicely Tyson got her first acting role, she was kicked out of the house

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There’s no doubt that you’ll know all these actors on the list – but did you know these interesting facts about some of Hollywood’s elite?

1. Most of us might know Diahann Carroll from her role on the hit show Dynasty – but did you know she was the first African American woman to star in her own show? She starred as a nurse and widow in the show Julia – where she won an Emmy award. The only woman since then to star in a primetime network show is Kerry Washington on Scandal.

2. Ms. Carroll had several marriages-but her most famous union is to Italian singer Vic Damone.

3. Along with her late husband Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee served as emcee of the March on Washington, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous I have a Dream speech.

4. Cicely Tyson was raised by an extremely religious mother and when she got her first acting role, her mother kicked her out of the house.



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  1. Carroll's first might have been as the lead in a drama. I do believe the comic series Beulah–yes about a maid in service to whites– may have been the first time a Black female lead in a Tv show.
    Ms. Carroll performances were very dignified and believable. A pretty woman

  2. Thank you Celestea for reminding me of Beulah. I never saw the show.

    Again, thank you of reminding me of another black history factoid.

  3. Wow, I waste my time to click in here and all I get is: Cicely Tyson was raised by an extremely religious mother and when she got her first acting role, her mother kicked her out of the house. Fool me once, shame on me, . . . aint gone git shamed no mo'.

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