Distinguished actress Cicely Tyson had just finished her memoir and it was officially released last week. I saw the 96-year-old actress Interviewed by CBS anchor Gayle King on CBS Morning News just a few days before her death and made a note to get more information on the book, “Just As I am.” It chronicles Tyson’s extraordinary life.
Cicely met up with Gayle at her church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City for a socially distanced interview. I was lucky to be able to watch the interview as Cicely opened up about her career, her romances, and her legacy.
“I’m amazed every single day I live,” she said in response to being asked how it feels to be amazed. She was asked if she feels she has more to do and she responded, “Yes, that’s why I’m still here. I mean, what my life became is not what I expected. I had no idea that I would touch anybody.”
At the end of the interview, Gayle asked Cicely, “When the time comes, what do you want us to remember about you?” She responded, “I’ve done my best. That’s all.” A humble summary for an extraordinary life.