Cicely Louise Tyson

The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen, and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, for which she received her third Emmy Award.

The Marva Collins Story (1981)

This film tells the real-life story of Marva Collins. After 14 years of teaching in Chicago’s dead-end public school system, Collins used her retirement money to open her own school. Collins utilized pragmatism and common sense in her efforts to teach the “incorrigibles” she’d inherited from Chicago’s antediluvian school system. 

LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 1: THE MARVA COLLINS STORY. A made for TV movie broadcast December 1, 1981. Pictured from left are Brett Bouldin (as Patrick Collins), Cicely Tyson (as Marva Collins), Morgan Freeman (as Clarence Collins), Samuel Muhammad Jr. (as Eric Collins), and in front is Mashaune Hardy (as Cindy Collins). (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Directed By: Peter Levin
Written By: Clifford Campion
Cicely Tyson – Marva Collins
Morgan Freeman –  Clarence Collins

In 1982, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award for outstanding women, who through their endurance and the excellence of their work have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry. In 1988 she received a Candace Award for Distinguished Service from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

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