Sidney Poitier as Seen by His Two Youngest Daughters on Father’s Day

I found this at Shadow and Act.

What do I know about Sidney Poitier‘s family life?  Simply, that he has six daughters: four with former wife Juanita Hardy and two with actress Joanna Shimkus.   Poitier’s eldest daughters by Juanita are Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, and Gina.  The two daughters with Shimkus are being interviewed, and they are Anika and Sydney.  Sydney has joined her father in the acting business, graduating from the Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.  She has worked primarily in television, appearing on episodes of Hawaii 5-0 and Private Practice.

Again, for the record, Poitier has no sons.  (Some may mix Poitier up with Bill Cosby, who did have an only son, Ennis.  It was Ennis who was shot to death trying to help a friend with car trouble in the 1990s.)  The story of the fake Poitier son living off of New York socialites was made into Six Degrees of Separation, the play and the film.

I think that it’s interesting that, at least with his younger children, Poitier is acknowledged as being with his daughters, playing with them, counseling them, being present and natural with them between films and other activities.   Poitier cut a wide swath among women in his younger days, before and after his tempestuous affair with Diahann Carroll, which almost derailed his first marriage.  One wonders whether he had time to be with and raise his girls during the time he was striving in Hollywood, and even after the marriage failed.   He’s probably a grandfather several times by now.  It’s refreshing to see the curtain parted on this important area of his life.

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, and Bahamian ambassador to Japan and to UNESCO, is 86.

~ by blksista on June 16, 2013.

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