Tyler Perry, Clintons Attend Memorial for Actor Cicely Tyson

By MARK KENNEDY AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton, actor-director Tyler Perry and singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson are among those who attended a private memorial service for Cicely Tyson. Mourners gathered Tuesday at Harlem’s famed Abyssinian Baptist Church, a day after hundreds lined up for a public viewing. The church’s pastor, Rev. Calvin O. Butts, said after the nearly three-hour service that Tyson was n example of “a life well lived and an example of how we all might live.” Tyson died Jan. 28. The New York-born actor was 96. Her performance as a sharecropper’s wife in the 1972 movie “Sounder” cemented her stardom and earned her an Oscar nomination.