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Happy Birthday to one of the Greats: Mr. Sidney Poitier

Happy Birthday to one of the Greats: Mr. Sidney Poitier

His birthday is February 20; the day before yesterday. He is 94 years old, and to me, the definition of grace. 

An actor, film director, author, and diplomat, in1964, he was the first black actor to have ever received an Academy award – that golden statue that recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements honoring him for his role in the film, Lilies of the Field. 

As of this writing, he is the oldest living Best Actor Academy Award winner. 

In 1967, he starred in the classic films, To Sir with Love, (we all remember Loulou singing the theme song right?); In the Heat of the Night, music composed by menopausebarbee uncle Quincy Jones; and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner– all of them masterful message films. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is one of the first films of the time to positively depict interracial marriage. 

This is extremely significant as interracial marriage historically had been illegal in most states of the United States and was still illegal in 17 states nearly right up until the film’s release. 

Consider that.

All of these brave and brilliant films dealt with race and race relations and were the vehicle for Mr. Poitier to display his extraordinary talent that spiraled him to the apex of his industry: the top box office star of that year and a matinee idol.

His honorary recognitions are too many to name here, but they include being named by the American Film Institute as among the greatest male stars of classic Hollywood Cinema; an Academy Honorary Award for recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being; receiving the title of honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II and the bestowment of the presidential medal of freedom by President Obama. 

A life well lived indeed!

Just thinking about this iconic man makes me smile. He is truly one of the most dignified, refined, gracious, and charming people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting. And so today, the menopausebarbees honor him. A man of integrity. 

Happy Birthday and blessings Mr. Poitier. 

To Sir, with Love…