Inside Sidney Poitier’s Rise From Poverty To Superstardom With Unusual Twists & Turns

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Sidney Poitier was born into poverty, but his rise to superstardom isn’t the typical rags-to-riches saga. His accent coincided with the civil rights movement, a time of remarkable transformation in America. That shift in the social fabric of the nation helped make Sidney’s career possible and he, in turn, helped to inspire it. But his story was nearly over before it began. Tomato farmer Reginald James Poitier and his wife, Evelyn, hailed from Cat Island in the Bahamas and were visiting Miami when Sidney arrived two months premature on February 20, 1927. Doctors said he wouldn’t survive, but hi…

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