If you love and have seen Tyler Perry movies then you would know this charming Emmy- and Tony-winning actress who died Thursday at the age of 96.

She is an Icon who would be forever remembered especially for youngers like us who saw her in Tyler Perry’s movies which includes “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” (2005), “Madea’s Family Reunion (2006) and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010) as well as in the 2012 Perry starrer “Alex Cross,” which he did not direct. The actress also had supporting roles in “Because of Winn-Dixie,” “Fat Rose and Squeaky,” “Idlewild” and 2011’s “The Help.”

Tyson was married to jazz great Miles Davis from 1981 to 1988.

Survivors include her niece, British actress Cathy Tyson.

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