Sidney Poitier, to grow in poverty in a tomato plantation to be the first black star to win the Oscar for the best actor

When Sidney Poitier won the Oscar for the best actor by the Lilies of the Valley in 1963 he not only became the first black star in achieving the most prestigio

Sidney Poitier, to grow in poverty in a tomato plantation to be the first black star to win the Oscar for the best actor

When Sidney Poitier won the Oscar for the best actor by the Lilies of the Valley in 1963 he not only became the first black star in achieving the most prestigious award in the industry, but finally put on one of the most punished minorities of Society that in the cinematographic sphere was well at ease with Hattie McDaniel, which was the first black in history to obtain this prize for the best cast actress by its nostalgic interpretation of the maid Mammy in what the wind took ( 1939). Despite this recognition, she forbade him the entrance through the main door at the premiere of Selznick's classic and she died in misery.

With Poitier, the industry tried to lick some wounds that are still without healing. The star died on the Day of Kings at 94 years. After growing in poverty in a tomato plantation in the Bahamas, his parents sent him to New York with 16 years because they were afraid that he will end up becoming a criminal. He worked as fried in a restaurant and as he had no academic training, a Jewish waiter taught him to read and write. He served in the British Navy, but he felt so uncomfortable that he pretended to be crazy to make him down.

At the end of the forties he was one of the members of the American Black Theater of Harlem, with whom he debuted at Broadway in Lisístrata. A scout took him to Hollywood to sign with Fox. Twenty movies later, he became a star. Unforgettable, they were their interpretations of the classic guess who comes tonight (1967) and in the heat of the night (1967). In 1950 he married Juanita Hardy with whom throughout her fifteen years of marriage he had four daughters.

His innocent look and his good manners covered one of the biggest scandals in his life because the actress Diahann Carroll - in Spain became very popular for playing Dominique Deveraux in dynasty - had been his lover for nine years. Poitier promised him the moon, forced him to divorce her husband, he was also going to leave his wife, he bought a ten-room apartment and at the time of truth, the actor leaned back. In the memories of it, The Legs Are The Last To Go, the actress confessed that she was heled as a scan forcing her to sign a check to pay part of her who would have been her love nest. In 1976 he once married Joanna Shimkus, with whom he had two other daughters.

In addition to his facet as actor and director, Sidney Poitier was a man involved in different actions to help the weakest. He was ambassador of Bahamas in UNESCO and Japan (1997-2007). Despite living between Hollywood and New York, he never forgot the origins of him and as long as he could return to Bermuda. In 2019, sadness won on his heart when Hurricane Dorian hit the island and 23 relatives of the interpreter disappeared. Queen Isabel II appointed him a member of the Order of the British Empire, but he never exercised as Sir Sidney, and Obama (60) granted him the presidential medal of freedom, the most important civil decoration in the country.

In 2001, the honorary Oscar was given all his career on the same night in which Denzel Washington (67) also won his second Oscar. He survive his wife, the six daughters of him, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Updated Date: 07 January 2022, 13:40

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