Legendary Actress Wins Big at the Tonys

Three-time Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Cicely Tyson discusses her role in "The Trip to Bountiful."
5:48 | 07/02/13

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I cannot stop smiling. Audiences are taking a fantastic trip with the legendary cicely tyson on broadway, in "the trip to bountiful." She has taken on the role of a feisty widow that has decided to leave the city and returns to her hometown of bountiful. The three-time tony winner and oscar nominee, joins us now. Please, give a hand for a legend, cicely tyson. Everyone has been excited to see you. We haven't stopped talking since your acceptance speech at the tonys. It's been 30 years since you were back on broadway. And they were wrapping you up, saying you have wrapped me up. I didn't hear the music. I was supposed to hear the music, which is your cue to stop. I didn't hear it. And suddenly, I look up and i see this light. Oh, I said. There's something that says wrap it up. I guess that's me. It was your moment. That's exactly what happened. The entire universe sort of enfolded me. And it was one of the most exciting experiences I ever had. It was well-deserved and too long getting there. I want to show people some of your iconic, iconic roles. Beginning with "sounder." And you received an oscar nomination for this. And remember you in "roots." And my all-time favorite, winning an emmy for this. Oh, the auto biography. Two. Two emmys for this. "The auto biography of jean pitman. And recently in "the help." And this time, on broadway. You're funny. You have a sense of human we're that character. That's what my family always told me. They always told me I was funny. I didn't think I was funny because it was when I was most serious that they found it amusing. Right. All of a sudden, the first time I heard someone laugh at a line in "trip," I thought, what are they laughing at? That's not funny. It's very humorous. He wrote humor into that piece. Few people realize it is there. And so, when you speak it, if one is aware of the content and the core of what this man is saying, they will get the humor. And that's why they laugh. And you wanted this role. You remember seeing this film. Yes. And you said you wanted your trip. It wasn't the role. I went to see geraldine page in the movie. I was a big fan of hers. I knew nothing about the piece. I went to the theater and I said to my agent, I said to him, you get me my "trip to bountiful" and I will retire. Well, that was 26 years ago. And it came out of nowhere. He didn't get it. But someone, parry, the daughter, who produced the piece, met a mutual friend of mine and said, I want to do this with a black cast. I want cicely tyson, do you know her? Then, a costume designer for the show, and whom I had worked with a number of times in film, said, I'll call her. We met. And that's how it happened. That's how it happened. And then the tony recognition after -- there was three of them. I received three out of four. Circle -- I'm sorry. All right. The point is -- and the tony. Right. I did -- I actually didn't expect any of it. I do not anticipate that when i work. My mother always taught me that if you don't expect anything, you won't be disappointed. And you won't be crushed. You talked about your mother. Yes. Full disclosure. I had tickets to see "a trip bountiful." I couldn't do it yet. My mother, very part of the play -- I mother completed her autobiography shortly before he died. "My story, my song." Was the name of her autobiography. And I cannot wait to be there in some ways. Tell us how the audience comes alive and how that hymn is the favorite of so many. The audience coming alive was quite a surprise to everyone, actually. I did not expect them to join me in applauding and singing. And it was -- it was is a if i was put on a huge balloon and buoyed into the sky. It was -- it is because it goes on at every performance. It is the most thrilling -- I can see it. Yes, yes, yes. And I mean, I get excited again. I am looking forward to it. When I'm strong enough and I'm getting there, I'm getting there, I'm going to be there. And you got it going on. I love this outfit. You're all that and a bag of

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