Saturday, April 13, 2024

Tony Awards: Cicely Tyson Oldest Winner Ever, Ratings Up 20%


Yes, Cicely Tyson is the oldest winner ever of a Tony — she’s 88 years old although you’d never know it. Many data bases say she’s 79, but it’s not so. We checked it out when Trip to Bountiful opened in April. She looks amazing. I asked her then what was her secret? She said “If you drove a Bentley wouldn’t you put only premium gas in It? I only eat the best things.”
Also the Tony Awards rating were up in the demo and overall audience. Even though basketball beat it, the Tonys held their own quite nicely. Les Moonves should be pleased. He renewed the Tony show deal through 2018. Cicely will be 93.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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