Wootton Talks Tinseltown Trailblazers: SIDNEY POITIER: Breaking Barriers
Celebrated as one of America’s greatest actors, Bahamian-born Sidney Poitier’s groundbreaking performances, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, changed Hollywood forever.
He was the first black actor to win both an Oscar and Golden Globe, for Lilies of the Field (1963), and he became a top-grossing star with three 1967 films concerning race and race relations: In the Heat of the Night, To Sir, with Love and the infamous Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (opposite Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn). Poitier also directed several movies, including the high-grossing Stir Crazy (1980)
Wootton traces the remarkable life and career of Poitier, who is now more than 90 years of age and is venerated as an author, activist, diplomat and humanitarian – and was presented with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
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