Cicely Tyson Delivers Charming Speech After Winning First Tony Award at 79

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Cicely Tyson's final Broadway role will go down in history as a winning one.

The 79-year-old "The Trip to Bountiful" star, who returned to the Great White Way after a three-decade absence, was rewarded at Sunday's Tony Awards with the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play. It was her first Tony Award despite appearing in many productions, including "Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright" and "The Corn is Green."

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Tyson's role as an elderly woman returning to her childhood home in "Bountiful" scored the trophy. The win was especially significant because it came 30 years after her last Broadway role, which she talked about in her speech. She said she didn't think she'd ever return to the stage, but was excited to give it one last try.

"I had a burning desire to do more great roles. I didn't want to be greedy. Just one more," the Oscar nominee said during her classy speech, which landed her a standing ovation.

Tyson, outfitted in a purple dress, also talked about outliving her family.

"I'm the sole surviving member of my immediate family. I've asked over and over again why," she said. "I now know why."

Perhaps the cutest part, however, was when she was directed to wrap up her speech on the teleprompter. Instead of getting flustered, she quipped, "Please wrap it up … which is exactly what you did to me. You wrapped me up in your arms after 30 years, and now I can go home with a Tony."

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