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September 17, 2021

Sidney Poitier Has 6 Beautiful Daughters from 2 Different Women – Meet All of Them

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Sidney Poitier is a Bahamian-American actor who's also a film director and an author. The famous star was married twice to two different women, and with them, he shares six beautiful kids.

Sidney Poitier was born on February 20, 1927, in Miami, Florida. He was born prematurely while his parents were on vacation in Miami, and they soon left for the Bahamas when he was strong enough. 

Growing up, Poitier got into a lot of trouble. Because of this, his father sent him to the US to live with one of his brothers in Miami. At 16, he left for New York City, where he ultimately found his life's passion. 

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HIS CAREER

The actor is best known for appearing in the 1955 film "Blackboard Jungle," 1958 movie "The Defiant Ones," and 1963 film "Lilies of the Field." Although the actor has made a name for himself in Hollywood, that's not the only feat he is proud of—being the happy father of six adorable children comes first.

Sidney Poitier, who was the first Black man to win an academy award for Best Actor in a Lead Role, married his first wife, Juanita Marie Hardy, in 1950. The couple, however, went their separate ways in 1965. 

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HIS SIX DAUGHTERS

In 1976, the legendary actor married former Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus. Poitier and Hardy have four daughters, while Shimkus and Poitier share two daughters. 

His daughters are Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, the late Gina, Anika, and Sydney. Of course, some of his daughters ended up following in their father's footsteps in the entertainment industry.

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HIS YOUNGEST DAUGHTER SYDNEY

Sydney Tamiia Poitier-Heartsong wanted to be an actress since she was little. In 1998, she made her debut on the acting scene and has since appeared on shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "Hawaii Five-0," "Chicago P.D.," and "Carter."

Her determination to become an actor and continue with her dad's legacy made the youngest Poitier take acting classes. Sydney registered at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and got her bachelor's degree in acting.

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HIS OTHER DAUGHTERS

Gina Poitier-Gouraige, who worked as an administrative assistant, unfortunately, died on May 27, 2018. Pamela Poitier, just like her sister Sydney, also became an actress. She worked on movies such as "Liberty & Bash," "Savannah," and "The Jackal." She also works as a teacher. 

Beverly Poitier-Henderson is a designer for Poitier Henderson Jewelry, and Sherri Poitier is a chef. Last but not least, Anika Poitier prefers to be behind cameras and is a filmmaker. 

Sidney Poitier on April 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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THE ACTOR'S 90TH BIRTHDAY

The famous actor also has a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 2017, his whole family came together to celebrate his 90th birthday. His wife of more than 40 years was also present.

Shimkus, an interior designer, has nothing but good things to say about her husband. She once said: "He is the most wonderful, generous, kind, honest man with the most integrity that I've ever known in my life."

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A 94-YEAR-OLD ICON

Poitier's most recent interview happened in 2020, right after he turned 93. By this time, he had already been retired for over 20 years and had been spending a lot of time with his grandkids and great-grandchildren. 

He revealed the secret to his long-lasting marriage to Shimkus and how his first marriage to Hardy was torn apart because he was in love with another woman: Diahann Carroll. 

Poitier and Carroll, who were both married during the time of their affair, never ended up getting married. Instead, the actor moved on to marry Shimkus, with whom he remains married.

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