Tyson said she was always selective with what roles she would take - but the Kennedy Center Honor tells her she made the right choices.
"During my career I certainly questioned whether or not I was doing the right thing when I turned down roles," she said. "Needless to say there were very few roles over the years written for women. I had to wait for it not only to be written for a woman but for a black woman. And then of course the longer I live, I became involved in ageism. So there's always been that challenge."