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Just as I Am: A Memoir

"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” — Cicely Tyson

In this authentic memoir, Tyson explores her own life in her own words, capturing her extraordinary journey to becoming a pioneering actress, famous for her stunning portrayals of both real and fictional African American women. She depicted abolitionist Harriet Tubman and civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, as well as the fictional Jane Pittman from her acclaimed film The Autobiography of Jane Pittman and the mother of Kunta Kinte in Roots. She frequently rejected stereotypical roles so that she could be true to her vision of black women on screen. This is a vibrant portrait of a woman who brought nobility and strength to the world.

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Recommended Age Adults
Author Cicely Tyson
ISBN 0062931067
Publication Date Jan 26, 2021
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Language English