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Hollywood Legendary Actor, Sidney Poitier Dies At 94.

By Glam & Essence

Hollywood has lost one of its legends,barely days after the passing of another legend,Betty White.
The death has been announced of the first Black and Bahamian man to win a Best Actor Oscar,Mr Sidney Poitier.
The star actor was known for films including Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night and Lilies of the Field,which he earned him a Best Actor Oscar.

The Bahamian Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell,announced the news of Sidney’s passing,and the world reacted with tributes,especially from the world of entertainment.

The Bahamian-American star grew up in the Bahamas but moved to America when he was 15.He was actually born in Miami, while his parents were visiting in February 1927,which earned him automatic US citizenship at the time.
He got his first lead film role in a 1955 film,Blackboard Jungle.
Six years later, he historically won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Lilies of the Field,becoming the first black man to win an Oscar.
Poitier also received an Honorary Academy Award for his contribution to American cinema and following the death of Ernest Borgnine in 2012, Poitier became the oldest living Best Actor winner in history.
Poitier retired from acting in 2001.
He directed numerous films in the 1980s, but had the most success with the Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder comedy Stir Crazy (1980).
The actor also served as a diplomat. In 1997, he was named the ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan. He remained in the position until 2007.
Poitier married twice, the first time to Juanita Hardy from 1960 to 1965. After a nine-year affair with actor and singer, Diahann Carol, Poitier married Canadian actor ,Joanna Shimkus in 1976. They stayed together for the remainder of his life.
Poitier is survived by six children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


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