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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.
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Ellen Pompeo criticizes Emmys for lack of diversity

Ellen Pompeo criticizes Emmys for lack of diversity

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- "Grey's Anatomy" actress Ellen Pompeo told USA Today she was disappointed by what she called a lack of diversity at Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast.
'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin,' 'Vanya,' 'Woolf' win big at Tony Awards

'Kinky Boots,' 'Pippin,' 'Vanya,' 'Woolf' win big at Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 9 (UPI) -- "Kinky Boots," the feel-good story about a British factory that produces fabulous shoes for drag queens, was named Best Musical at the Tony Awards in New York.
'Vanya,' 'Matilda' win top Drama Desk Awards

'Vanya,' 'Matilda' win top Drama Desk Awards

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- Broadway's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and "Matilda" won the Drama Desk Awards for Best Play and Best Musical in New York.
'Pippin,' 'Kinky Boots' are big Outer Critics Circle Award winners

'Pippin,' 'Kinky Boots' are big Outer Critics Circle Award winners

NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) -- "Pippin" has won a leading seven Outer Critics Circle Awards, including the Outstanding Revival of a Musical prize, it was announced in New York.

List of nominees for 2013 Tony Awards

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- The musicals "Matilda" and "Kinky Boots" were among the leading nominees when the 2013 Tony Award nominations were announced in New York Tuesday.

'Kinky Boots' leads Tony nominations with 13

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Broadway's "Kinky Boots," with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, led New York's Tony Award nominations with 13, followed by "Matilda: The Musical" with 12.
Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The Drama League nominated the New York musicals "Dogfight," "Here Lies Love" and "Kinky Boots" for its Best Musical Award Tuesday.
Revival of musical 'Pippin' up for 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Revival of musical 'Pippin' up for 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- The Broadway revival of the musical "Pippin" was nominated for a leading 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards in New York Monday.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.
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Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie to host Image Awards

Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie to host Image Awards

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Sanaa Lathan and Anthony Mackie are to serve as hosts of the 43rd NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, NBC said Wednesday.
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Lucas to receive NAACP Vanguard Award

Lucas to receive NAACP Vanguard Award

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Writer-director-producer George Lucas is to receive the Vanguard Award at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, organizers said Monday.
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Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson attends the 40th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles on February 12, 2009. (UPI Photo/ Phil McCarten)
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Cicely Tyson (born December 19, 1933) is an American actress. A successful stage actress, Tyson is also known for appearances in the film Sounder and the television specials The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and Roots.

Tyson was born and raised in Harlem, New York, the daughter of Theodosia (a domestic) and William Tyson (a pushcart operator), immigrants from the island of Nevis of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies. Tyson's father William arrived in New York City at the age of 21 and was processed at Ellis Island on August 4, 1919. She married famous jazz trumpeter Miles Davis on 26 November 1981 -- the ceremony was conducted by Atlanta mayor Andrew Young at the home of actor Bill Cosby. Tyson and Davis divorced in 1988. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. On May 17, 2009, Tyson received an honorary degree from Morehouse College.

Tyson was discovered by a photographer for Ebony magazine, and became a popular fashion model. Her first film was an uncredited role in Carib Gold in 1957, but she went on to do television - the celebrated series East Side/West Side and the long-running soap opera The Guiding Light. In 1961, Tyson appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet's The Blacks, the longest running Off-Broadway non-musical of the decade, running for 1,408 performances. The original cast also featured James Earl Jones, Roscoe Lee Browne, Louis Gossett, Jr., Godfrey Cambridge, Maya Angelou and Charles Gordone. She appeared with Sammy Davis Jr. in the film A Man Called Adam (1966) and starred in the film version of Graham Greene's The Comedians (1967). Tyson had a featured role in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) and was in a segment of the movie Riots.

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