Hollywood Legend Sidney Poitier Dies At 94

Hollywood Legend Sidney Poitier Dies At 94


Sidney Poitier, the first black actor to win an Oscar for a leading role, died Thursday at his home in the Bahamas, an official for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Bahamas confirmed.

Poitier was born in Miami as the youngest of nine children but grew up in the island nation, then a British colony. The son of tomato farmers, he moved to New York City as a teenager, working as a dishwasher and other odd jobs while breaking into the theatrical world. An older employee at a restaurant where he was worked mentored him in the evenings, teaching him to read and improve his diction by reading newspapers together.

Poitier’s silver screen break came when he was cast as doctor who must attend to racist

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