In the realm of entertainment, there are luminaries whose influence leaves an everlasting imprint on audiences worldwide. Cicely Tyson, an iconic actress with a career spanning seven decades, was undeniably one of those luminaries. 

 Her talent, grace, and portrayal of positive images of Black women resonated deeply. Enter Tyler Perry, a renowned filmmaker and actor, who, in the later stages of Tyson’s life, sought to ensure her legacy received the recognition and appreciation it deserved. 

A Decade of Generosity 

Tyler Perry’s admiration for Cicely Tyson wasn’t just lip service; it was manifested through actions that spoke volumes. In an interview with AARP Magazine, Perry revealed his commitment to Tyson over the last 15 years of her life.  

This commitment was more than financial; it was a genuine demonstration of respect for her substantial contributions to the entertainment industry. 

Despite Tyson’s immense talent and numerous accolades, she hadn’t always received compensation equal to her achievements. Perry highlighted this disparity, citing an example where Tyson earned a meager $6,000 for her role in “Sounder.”  

To rectify this injustice, Perry paid Tyson a million dollars for a single day of work on his 2007 film, “Why Did I Get Married?” It wasn’t just a monetary transaction; it was a recognition of her invaluable legacy and a means to provide the security she deserved in her later years. 

A Lasting Partnership 

Perry and Tyson’s collaboration extended beyond financial support; it was a creative partnership that showcased Tyson’s talent and allowed her to continue gracing the silver screen. In the 2010 sequel, “Why Did I Get Married Too?” Tyson portrayed Ola Jones, sharing the screen with acclaimed actors.

The film, a poignant exploration of relationships, provided Tyson with another platform to showcase her extraordinary acting prowess. 

A Remembered Legacy 

Cicely Tyson’s passing marked the end of an era in the entertainment industry, but her legacy lives on. This legacy is not just through her body of work but also through the heartfelt appreciation and support extended by Tyler Perry. 

 Perry’s unwavering commitment to honoring Tyson’s contributions is a poignant reminder of the importance of recognizing and valuing pioneers who paved the way for future generations. 


Tyler Perry’s extraordinary gesture transcends the glitz of Hollywood; it is a testament to the enduring impact of Tyson’s work and a demonstration of the power of appreciation and acknowledgment. 

 As the world mourns the loss of a true icon, Perry’s decade-long dedication to Tyson’s well-being stands as a shining example of honoring legends and ensuring that their legacy continues to inspire generations to come. 




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