Joanna Shimkus husband Sidney Poitiers bio, Movies, Oscar, Net worth, Personal life, Childhood, Fact

March 26, 2019Joanna Shimkus husband Sidney Poitiers bio, Movies, Oscar, Net worth, Personal life, Childhood, Fact

Who is Sidney Poitiers?

Sidney Poiter, born in Florida, is often recalled as Sir Sidney Poiter for his outstanding diplomatic contribution. Winner of the Academy Award for the Best Actor for his role in  "Lilies of the Field" is not only an actor but also a director, author, and diplomat.

In the Early life of Sidney Poitiers

 Sidney Poitiers in her Early days

Fig: Sidney Poitiers in her Early days

Sidney Poitier was born on February 20, 1927, to Mother Evelyn and Father Reginald James Poitier. His parents were the poor Bahamian farmers who lived in Cat Island and sold tomatoes in Miami. He was born in Miami when his parents were there to sell their tomatoes. His ethnicity is African-Bahamian. He grew up in the Bahamas, then a British Crown colony, despite being born in Miami. Poitier was raised as a Roman Catholic after his family moved to Nassau at the age of 10. When he was 15, he lived with his brother.

He moved to New York City after a year later and did various jobs until he lied his age and joined the army during World War II in 1943. He also worked as a mental hospital attendant until he was selected to perform at the American Negro Theater.

In the Career(Movies, Oscar) of Sidney Poitiers

Sidney Poitiers in Lilies of the Field

Fig: Sidney Poitiers in Lilies of the Field

Sidney's theater performances at the American Negro Theater were not appreciated by the audiences after which he tried to pursue his film career. He appeared as an extra role in his first film called "Sepia Cinderella" in 1947. He performed amazingly in movies like "Edge of the City," "The Defiant Ones," "Porgy and Bess," and so on for which he was nominated for multiple awards.

The fame and popularity of Poitier peaked when his breakthrough portrait of Homer Smith in "Lilies of the Field" won him "Academy Award for Best Actor," "Silver Bear for Best Actor" and "Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama"He made his debut as a director in 1972 in the movie "Buck and the Preacher." He is also a diplomat and served as a Bahamas ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 2007. Poitier was awarded the "Presidential Medal of Freedom" by former U.S. President, which is the highest civilian honor of the U.S. On August 12, 2009, Barack Obama.

How much is the net worth of Sidney Poitiers?

It has been estimated that the net worth of Sidney is about $ 25 million. As Sidney continues to write and sometimes appear in television shows and other events, there may be a chance that the net worth of Sidney Poitier will become higher in the future.

In the Personal life(Wife) of Sidney Poitiers

 Sidney Poitiers with his wife Joanna Shimkus

Fig: Sidney Poitiers with his wife Joanna Shimkus

Sidney was married twice in his life. He first tied the knot with Juanita Hardy on April 29, 1950. Thy both shared 15 years of happy married life together and had four daughters together named Sherri Poitier, Pamela Poitier, Beverly Poitier-Henderson and Gina Poitier. But the marriage did not work out and they separated in 1965 after a decade and a half. On January 23, 1976, Poitier married Joanna Shimkus for the second time. Since then, the couples have been happily living together and they both share two daughters named Anika Poitier and Sydney Tamiia Poitier.

Rumors and controversy of Sidney Poitiers

Sidney's death rumor recently covered the walls of Facebook with sad and grieving comments/messages. Fortunately, it was just another internet hoax.

Facts of Sidney Poitiers

  • He's the first African - American actor to win Oscar. He is a Bahamian - American actor who served as a Bahamas ambassador to Japan from 1997 to 2007.
  • He starred in three 1967 box office hit movies that are "To Sir," "With Love; In the Heat of the Night" and "Guess Who's Coming  to Dinner." He is often considered one of the gems of classic Hollywood cinema.

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