Tyson was honored Saturday at fundraising luncheon for the Braylon Edwards Foundation and said she wasn't even allowed to go to the movies as a kid.
The lack of exposure to movies, however, didn't cool her ardor for stage and screen.
"I knew deep down inside there was something burning I knew nothing about," Tyson said.
The Detroit News said Tyson was one of four honorees at the luncheon along with oncologist Dr. Michael Hicks and non-profit leaders Eleanor Josaitis and Gail Perry-Mason.
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