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Sidney Poitier’s Death Mourned by Lenny Kravitz, Dionne Warwick &

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Sidney Poitier, legendary actor and former ambassador, died on Thursday (Jan. 6). He was 94 years old.

In 1958, Poitier became the first Black actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for The Defiant Ones. Five years later, he became the first Black actor to win an Oscar for Lilies of the Field. He also received a Grammy, two Golden Globes and a BAFTA award.

The Bahamian star received numerous honorary awards including the AFI life achievement award (1992), the Kennedy Center Honors (1995), a honorary award from Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (2001) and the BAFTA fellowship (2016).

In 2009, Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama. He was also named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1974.

Poitier starred in two films with title songs that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 – To Sir, With Love (Lulu’s title song held the top spot for five weeks in 1967) and Let’s Do It Again (The Staple Singers’ title song spent a week on top in 1975). He also starred in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle, which helped to popularize Bill Haley and His Comets’ “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock,” the first rock and roll recording to become a smash hit.

Following the news of Poitier’s death, countless stars including Lenny Kravitz, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick, Oprah and Barack Obama took to social media to mourn the loss of the trailblazing movie star. See below.


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