Sidney Poitier
In his compelling autobiography, Sidney Poitier talks about his experiences and inspiration for acting, writing and directing amidst life struggles and racial tensions.

Read an Excerpt 
Start the book today! Read the introduction of Sidney Poitier's reflections and what really matters in life. 

Sidney PoitierThe Life of a Legend 
Learn how a boy raised in the Bahamas became one of the greatest American screen actors of all time. 

Discussion questionsDiscussion Questions 
What do you think about Sidney Poitier's definition of the measure of a man? Start off the conversation in your group with these insightful study questions.

DinnerThe Dinner of a Lifetime 
It was an event months in the making, and love was truly found in every detail. Go inside the party preparations and take a seat at the table for a conversation you'll never forget! Plus, the surprise that moved Sidney to tears. 

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Find out why Oprah is awestruck by Sidney Poitier, and keep track of lessons learned with this exclusive Oprah's Book Club bookmark.
Sidney Poitier and Oprah Winfrey
Born in Miami in 1927 and raised in the Bahamas, Sidney Poitier began acting after the war, and soon made his film debut in Hollywood with No Way Out. He became the first African-American actor to win an Academy Award® for Best Actor. He has starred in more than 40 films, directed nine and written four.

In 1968, he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and is the recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees, the last from New York University. He has received three Golden Globe Awards®; an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award; the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other awards and honors. In April 1997, Poitier was named the Ambassador to Japan from the Bahamas.

Sir Poitier is currently president and CEO of Verdon Cedric Productions. He is married, has six daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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