Just As I Am

  • Type: Audiobooks
  • By: Cicely Tyson
  • Age Category: Adults
  • Genre: Biography & Memoir
  • Recommended by: Cady B.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9780063032323
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"Stepping into another's reality gives me shelter from my own."

I listened to the audiobook and it starts with a very moving forward, read and written, by Viola Davis. She credits Miss Tyson as her inspiration. The book chronicles the life of Cicely Tyson, from growing up in Harlem, to taking care of a child on her own and how she became an actor. Acting was not something she even had in her sights. She was a clerk in an office, met someone who thought she should try modeling and then had people convince her to try acting. Her natural talents brought her the accolades and awards. She talks about her personal struggles and achievements, the historic events happening during her lifetime and the many people she met throughout her 90+ years. I found her story very engaging, she definitely had something to say.