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Author: Cicely Tyson Narrator: Cicely Tyson, Robin Miles, Viola Davis Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2021 ISBN: 9780062931351
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“In her long and extraordinary career, Cicely Tyson has not only exceeded as an actor, she has shaped the course of history.” –President Barack Obama, 2016 Presidential Medal of Honor ceremony

Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” –Cicely Tyson

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A forthright self-portrait of a determined woman and iconic cultural figure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Tony Award winner, three-time Emmy Award winner, the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar, and the first black woman to host Saturday Night Live: Tyson has some story to tell in Just As I Am.

    Library Journal

  • “Tyson recalls her extraordinary life, as well as the racial and gender stereotyping, movie-business prejudice, and ill-behaved men that shaped her seven-decade career…This show-stopping tale hits the mark.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ms. Tyson is as revelatory on these pages as she has been on the stage.”

    Viola Davis, American actor and producer

  • “One of the most important actresses of our time, Cicely Tyson…unveils the pain and suffering she felt as a Black woman in America. She describes her amazing life with emotion and transparency not often found in celebrity memoirs.”


  • “After a deeply touching foreword…narrator Robin Miles picks up the torch and delivers sixteen riveting, thought-provoking hours on the life and times of the author…Robin Miles delivers all with an elegance, dignity, and charm that would make Tyson proud. This audiobook is a must-listen…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


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About the Author

Cicely Tyson (1924–2021) was an actress, lecturer, activist, and one of the most respected talents in American theater and film history. From her starring role on Broadway in The Blacks (1961), to the Emmy-nominated 1999 HBO film A Lesson before Dying, her work garnered critical and commercial applause for more than sixty years. Her two Emmys for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman made her the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress. In 2013, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance as Miss Carrie Watts in The Trip to Bountiful. A capstone achievement came in 2018, when she became the first Black woman to receive an honorary Oscar. The Board of Governors voted unanimously to honor her with the award, which came forty-five years after her Academy Award nominated performance in Sounder.

About the Narrators

Charles Constant is an actor whose professional storytelling career began at the age of thirteen, when he became an Actors’ Equity Association apprentice. An accomplished audiobook narrator, he has recorded many popular titles, including How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban.

Viola Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress of film, television and theater. She is the first black actress to win Tony (Fences & King Hedley II), Oscar (Fences) and Emmy (How to Get Away with Murder) awards. Davis is currently starring in the fourth season of “How to Get Away with Murder,” a role for which she became the first African American actress to receive the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.” In 2012, Davis and her husband founded their production company, JuVee Productions, with its focus being on giving a voice to the voiceless through strong, impactful and culturally relevant narratives. Davis will next star in Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” alongside Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and six-year-old daughter (to whom she reads Corduroy aloud!).