Oprah and Sidney Poitier

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Sidney Poitier
October 2000

Oprah: I read that shortly after you were born, you weren't expected to live because you were delivered so prematurely.

Sidney Poitier: I was expected to be dead within two, three days. I was born two months early, and everyone had given up on me. But my mother insisted on my life. She went throughout the black sections of Miami, where I was born, looking for help to save her child. She went to the church, and she went to the few people she knew. Absolutely heavyhearted, my mom passed a fortune-teller's stall, and she sat with this lady. She said, "I need you to tell me about my son." And the woman said, "Don't worry about your son. He will not be a sickly child. He will walk with kings."

Read the full interview from the October 2000 issue.