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Just as I Am: A Memoir af Cicely Tyson
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Just as I Am: A Memoir (udgave 2021)

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"In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history." ??President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony

"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, 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 Tyso… (mere)

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Titel:Just as I Am: A Memoir
Forfattere:Cicely Tyson (Forfatter)
Info:HarperCollins Publishers (2021), 432 pages
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Very good book and a very interesting life. ( )
  Ferg.ma | Apr 13, 2024 |
A very thorough and interesting autobiography. She had quite life and became quite the success despite her troubled upbringing. Kirkus: An acclaimed actor recounts her eventful career.In this highly anticipated and candid memoir (?plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside?), Tyson (b.1924)winner of three Emmys, a Tony, an honorary Oscar, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honors¥ascribes her remarkable success to luck, grit, and the hand of God. She grew up in East Harlem, the daughter of West Indian parents whose marriage ended because of her father?s philandering. Her mother, a domineering presence in the young Cicely?s life, worked as a housekeeper. Irate when Cicely became pregnant at age 17, her mother insisted that she marry the child?s father. After two years, Tyson left her husband, patching together jobs to support herself and her daughter. A chance encounter set her on the path to modeling, which in turn led to an offer of a movie role. In 1972, she earned her first lead role, in Sounder¥and her first Oscar nomination. While on tour to promote the movie, Tyson became increasingly aware of bigotry and returned home with a new sense of purpose, ?saying to myself, Sister, you?ve got some educating to do.? She notes proudly that she became the first Black woman to star in a TV drama and ?the first black TV actress to reveal my hair in its bare-naked state.? Besides chronicling her work in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Woman Called Moses, and as Kunta Kinte?s mother in Roots, among other roles, Tyson lays bare the details of her tormented relationship with Miles Davis, an unrepentant womanizer and substance abuser. ?He had a strong need to be cared for,? writes the author, ?and that need intersected with my desire to provide care.? Tyson ascribes her longevity to an organic vegetarian diet and daily meditation, and she defends her reputation for being difficult: ?The truth is that I insist upon respect.Even now, at 96, I teach folks not to mess with me.?A forthright self-portrait of a determined woman and iconic cultural figure.
  bentstoker | Jan 26, 2024 |
Inspirational autobiography by actress Cicely Tyson (who did not pursue acting til in her 30's) details her struggles as a child brought up in poverty, trying to obtain meaningful work as a young Black lady, and her eventual career as an actress on stage, screen, and tv. The book is so relevant to today and it would be nice if the Florida Governor would read this. ( )
  knahs | Aug 3, 2023 |
I give the book a strong 3 only because it's written well. Now...
Let me say that in my opinion Tyson sounds extremely narcissistic the entire book.
**Spoiler Alert**
- She never fails to mention how much she never watched her own movies but wants others to look up to her because of the roles she plays
- She completely dogs out Blaxploitation films but one of her good great best friends (as everyone she meets is in this book) is Bill Cosby... thought that was a strange selection for a book written in the 2020s as she also mentioned being sexually harassed in the industry
- The way she explains how on 3 separate occasions people on their deathbeds are only thinking of her -- like maybe Miles had a little something to say but the other 2 were wild - (1) a good girl friend wanted her to join a sorority as one of her final wishes, like why would that lady even be thinking about that while at deaths door and (2) a good guy friend she said "Even in his last weeks, he thought more of how his deterioration might impact me than he did of himself" she said some of this man's last words were "call Cicely" right before dying. she spent maybe 2 paragraphs on this then moved on to describe her Oscar ceremony dress. she spent more time telling us her diet on like 5 different occasions...
- The way she talked about beating up this white woman over Miles talkin bout the lady learned her lesson and then goes on to explain how the affair never ended... like girl
- It's weird that she bragged about all these god kids she has from all her famous friends but literally picked her career over raising her own daughter - like she said method acting or nothing at all because it was so important for the masses to see a good example on screen... all while being an absent mother
- the way she sent Mile's teenage nephew on the overseas comeback tour ALONE with him and justified it sent me
- the school situation in New Jersey was also strange
- and she also never failed to remind us that she didn't want to write this book ( )
  KDS88 | Jun 9, 2023 |
Overall I enjoyed reading about Cicely Tyson's life. The book is well written and sounds just like Cicely. I did think it was a little bit too long, but she actually lived quite a long time and had a lot to say. some of it was repetitive, but she had a lot of kudos to talk about. I have great respect for her as an actress, a trailblazer and a writer. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Jan 9, 2023 |
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Biography & Autobiography. Multi-Cultural. Performing Arts. Nonfiction. HTML:

"In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history." ??President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony

"Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, 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 Tyso

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