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Sidney Poitier's Daughter Sydney Reveals New Photo with Dad as She Celebrates His 94th Birthday

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Feb 22, 2021
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Well-known actor Sidney Poitier's daughter, Sydney Poitier, posted a photo with her dad commemorating his 94th birthday on her social media on Saturday, February 20.

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The actress shared a never-before-seen image with her dad on her Instagram account over the weekend. Sydney wrote a sweet message to her father in the caption of the post for his birthday.

Sydney, who followed in her legendary dad's acting footsteps, posted a selfie with him to celebrate turning 94-years-old. She does not have a huge fan base on Instagram, but the picture did receive a response from her followers.

Sidney Poitier with his Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'Lilies of the Field,' in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

Sidney Poitier with his Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for 'Lilies of the Field,' in Santa Monica, California | Source: Getty Images

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In the picture, Sydney has her arm around her distinguished father and looks up at the camera with a serene smile on her face. She has no make-up on, and the picture is entirely natural.

Sidney looks serious next to his daughter and has a pale pink shirt on underneath his jacket. Sydney wrote a heartfelt birthday wish in the caption of the post, saying:

"Happy birthday Dad. Love you SO much. Hope I look half as good as you at 94."

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After his outstanding performance in the 1963 movie "Lilies of the Field," Sidney garnered fame and was the first African American to earn an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964.

Sidney had studied at the American Negro Theater and funded his lessons by working as a janitor. After that, he began to climb the performance ladder in Hollywood. He also starred in "Buck and the Preacher," and "Stir Crazy."

Sidney made waves as one of the first Black American actors to gain recognition in Hollywood.

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In the personal sphere, Sidney has been married twice and has six children. His first wife was Juanita Hardy, and they had Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, and Gina. Sydney and Anika were born to him and his current wife, Joanna Shimkus.

A few years ago on Father's Day, Sydney revealed that even though their dad was strict, he would still play along with his children's games. She said in an interview that:

"We would put barrettes in his hair and then we'd make him call room service."

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Although it was difficult for Black actors to achieve acting roles in the 1950s, Sidney made waves as one of the first Black American actors to gain recognition in Hollywood at a time of racial inequality.

During his career, he won several awards which attest to his performance skills. These include an Oscar, Grammy, Golden Globe, and Life Achievement Awards from AFI, BAFTA, and NAACP Image Awards.

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Sidney's second youngest daughter, Sydney, took after her father and pursued an acting career. She has a Bachelor's degree in acting from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

She began her career in the early 2000s and has starred in several television shows, including "First Years," "Abby," "Joan of Arcadia," "Veronica Mars," "Knight Rider," and the movie "Death Proof."

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