- Tweeps have reacted to how screenwriter and film producer Tyler Perry helped late Cicely Tyson
- Tyler Perry used to double, or sometimes triple, Cicely's asking price for any role he wanted her to play
- Tweeps have applauded Tyler Perry for the role he played in the late actress' life
Tyler Perry used to double and even triple late Cicely Tyson's asking price for "any role he requested I play". This is according to the late legendary actress' new memoir.
A Twitter user posted a screenshot of Cicely's memoir on Friday, 29 January. According to the it, the screenwriter and film producer couldn't believe how little Cicely was paid for her roles on Sounder and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.
"From then on, he decided to double, and sometimes even triple or quadruple, my asking price for any role he requested that play."
Tyler Perry and Cicely have been friends since 2005 following her role in Tyler's Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Since then, they have built a friendship spanning six films.
@itsthereal tweeted after the news of Cicely's passing broke on Friday morning:
"Was just reading about Cicely Tyson's new memoir this morning, and thought this was really decent of Tyler Perry. RIP to a legend."
Tweeps have reacted to how the screenwriter doubled the late thespian's salary. Check out some of their comments below:
"It's not a surprising thing to read, Tyler Perry is a generous and good hearted man, but reading that she was also Godmother to his child got me a little teary eyed."
"@tylerperry is a gift from God."
"Ain't it nice when wealthy people use their money for good?"
"Good man. Need more of that."
"This is one of MANY reasons why Tyler Perry is abundantly Blessed. 'BLESSED is the cheerful giver!' Thank You, Tyler for making sure our Ms Cicely was taken care of. I’m sure you and your son made her Heart smile."
"Tyler Perry is a generous person and Cicely Tyson will be missed for her wise words. They're both the real deal."
In related news, Briefly.co.za reported that US celebs have taken to social media on Friday, 29 January to react to the news of Cicely Tyson's death.
The entertainers, mostly those who worked with the late thespian, have shared their heartfelt tributes and messages of condolences to her family and friends. The hashtag #RIPCicelyTyson is trending on Twitter as the US entertainment fraternity and fans mourn the veteran actress' passing.
Screenwriter and film producer Tyler Perry, who has worked with Cicely for the past 16 years, took to Instagram and penned a touching tribute. He also shared pictures of the two of them during happy times and captioned his post:
"I was sitting at the table working when I got this overwhelming feeling to watch Miss Jane Pittman. I hadn’t seen the movie in years. I didn’t even understand the feeling to turn it on, but I did anyway. Not 12 minutes into the movie my phone rang. It was Oprah calling to tell me that Cicely had died.
"This one brought me to my knees! She was the grandmother I never had and the wisdom tree that I could always sit under to fill my cup. My heart breaks in one beat, while celebrating her life in the next. To think that she lived for 96 years and I got to be a part of the last 16 brings me great joy. She called me son..."
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