Legendary actor Sidney Poitier fell for his wife of 45 years on a movie set

Trailblazing Career and Cultural Impact
Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar, passed away at 94, leaving a profound legacy. Praised by figures like Barack Obama and Denzel Washington, Poitier’s six-decade career broke racial barriers in Hollywood, starring in 55 films.

Love Found on Set and Enduring Marriage
Poitier’s marriage to Canadian actress Joanna Shimkus in 1976 lasted 45 years. Meeting on the set of “The Lost Man” in 1969, they shared two daughters. Shimkus emphasized the importance of expressing love daily, and their enduring relationship stood strong amid a quiet life without racial prejudice.

Family, Achievements, and Lasting Memories 
Despite accolades like an honorary Academy Award, U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a knighthood, Poitier cherished family above all. Gatherings with his wife, ex-wife, six daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren showcased the bond that endured through the years.

Joanna Shimkus on Love and Legacy
Reflecting on their enduring marriage, Joanna said, “I never really did see him as a Black man. I mean, I know he is Black, but I just saw him as a man, and he was just a wonderful person. An amazing human being.” Sidney Poitier’s legacy lives on, remembered for his talent, grace, and resilience.