Born in 1927 Sidney Poitier grew up in poverty as the son of farmers. Poitier won an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role as Homer Smith in ‘Lilies of the Field,’ the first African-American to win for a leading role. In the video Sidney Poitier appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 7, 2000 where he shared how he overcame the prejudices of the era on his path to becoming a movie icon.
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“I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was… a human being,” said Sidney Poitier. Poitier was the first black actor to place autograph, hand, and footprints in the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (June 23, 1967).
“I cannot play a scene if I don’t find the texture of humanity in the material.” “Sir Poitier” awarded the Knight Commander of the Order the British Empire(KBE) in 1974 was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in a ceremony held in Los Angeles, California on November 6, 2014. The Gold Medal of the Academy was presented to Mr. Poitier by Oprah Winfrey (Academy Class of 1989).
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