cicely tyson

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Wait 26 Years for It
When legendary actress Cicely Tyson saw Geraldine Page's moving performance in the 1985 film The Trip to Bountiful, she told her agent that she would happily retire if he could get her a role like that. From time to time, she would remind him, "Where's my Trip to Bountiful?"

"Years later this woman came in and she said to me, 'I'm planning to produce one of my father's plays. With an all-black cast.' And she said, 'My father was such an admirer of you and your work that I know that there isn't anyone else that he would want to do this role.' So I said, 'Who's your father?' She said, 'Horton Foote.' And the play is The Trip to Bountiful."