Former President Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and film mogul Tyler Perry were among the attendees at a private memorial service for legendary actress Cicely Tyson in Harlem Tuesday.
The nearly three-hour service was held at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on West 138th Street, where just a day earlier hundreds of fans of the pioneering icon lined up to pay their respects at a public viewing.
“The ceremony was beautiful. It was very Cicely Tyson: It was formal, it was humorous, it was sad, it was glorious,” said Tyson’s longtime manager, Larry Thompson.
Also in attendance for the private service was gospel singer BeBe Winans and singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson of the duo Ashford & Simpson.
Winans sang “Stand” — which Tyson had asked for before passing away — while rocker Lenny Kravitz read a letter.
Broadway dancer and choreographer George Faison, activist Faye Wattleton and pianist Joseph Joubert were also spotted at the service.
Afterwards, six pallbearers carried her casket to a hearse.
Tyson, a Harlem native, died Jan. 28 at the age of 96.
The award-winning actress and fashion model whose career spanned seven decades, was the first black woman to have a recurring role in a dramatic television series, the 1963 drama “East Side, West Side.”
She scored two Emmys for playing a 110-year-old former slave in the 1974 television drama “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.”
With Post wires
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