Sidney Poitier Was The Ultimate GirlDad Meet His Six Daughters
While the loss of Sidney Poitier is sad and not the way anyone wanted to start the new year, admirers of the 94-year-old can find solace in the fact that he lived a very full life. Not only was Poitier a trailblazing actor and history maker with his Oscar win in 1964, but behind the cameras, he was a proud father of six girls: Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, Gina (who passed in 2018), Anika and Sydney. The first four were from his first marriage to Juanita Hardy, which lasted from 1950 to 1965. The last pair came from his marriage to Joanna Shimkus, his wife until the end of his life. Anika and Sydney, whom he was most seen with at events, have both had notable careers in Hollywood (Sydney is a well-known actress, Anika has done a lot of directing).
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey years ago, the actor admitted that hed tried to be a little hard on his children, but in a positive way.
In what I expect and demand of them in terms of values. My children respect my values, and I can see some of those values in them, he said at the time. That pleases me, because my values are not constricting. They are human values. My kids are quite intelligentall six of them.....
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