Actor Sidney Poitier passed away today January 7, 2022 at the age of 94. After a great career that earned him an Oscar for his performance in the film “Lilies of the Field” made in 1963, he became the first Afro-descendant to win the award.
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“We have lost a great Bahamian and I have lost a personal friend,” Bahamian Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell told Eyewitness News, confirming the artist’s death.
Who is Sidney Poitier?
Sidney Poitier He was born in Miami, United States, on February 20, 1927 and was one of the most recognized African-American actors because he won the Oscars twice. The actor became known in the art world for participating in multiple plays giving a speech against racial stereotypes.
His childhood was very hard due to the economic deprivation suffered by his family, for that reason he had to lie to enter the Army medical corps in 1943 to serve in World War II. After his return from the war, he entered the acting world and made his Broadway debut.
In 1950 he married Juanita Hardy, but in 1965 they separated, although they had 4 daughters. Some time after their divorce he remarried but this time they are the actress Joanna Shimkus and they had a daughter named Sydney Tamiia Poitier.
Although in love he did not do so well, the opposite happened with his professional career because the first time he Poitier He won an Oscar in 1963 with his participation in Los lirios del valle and later in 2002, 38 years after receiving the award, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Hollywood gave him an Honorary Oscar.