Remembering Cicely Tyson

It was 1967, and I had just arrived in Selma, Alabama to perform in my first film, The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, when I first had the honor and privilege of meeting Cicely Tyson.  She was instantly and indelibly etched in my memory, as, not only one of the most brilliant actresses of our time, but also as a compassionate, caring, and beautiful woman.

During the filming, we shared some wonderful moments together, exchanging stories about art and politics and music.

“You like Jazz, Stacy?” she asked, one day over our lunch break.  “I love it,” I replied.

“Well, I have a nice surprise for you.”  And that night, as we were shooting a scene in a local alleyway, Cicely walked over to me, accompanied by…oh, my God, is this who I think it is!…

“I’d like you to meet my boyfriend, Miles Davis.”

I couldn’t believe it!  She introduced me to one of my all-time favorite musicians, and I was blown away!  She gave me one of my most cherished memories, for which I am forever grateful.

Thank you Cicely, for your enduring legacy, your gracious charm, and for giving all of us the honor and privilege of sharing your extraordinary beauty and talent. May Heaven’s Blessings be with you, always.

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