Inside Sidney Poitier’s 45-year interracial marriage to Joanna Shimkus: ‘We were just destined to be’

Over his six-decade career, Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar, is credited with opening doors for numerous other Black performers.

After his death on January 6, ’94, tributes to the icon poured in. Former President Barack Obama called Sidney a “unique talent who exemplified dignity and grace.”

“He was a compassionate man and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years,” a friend later added. Denzel Washington, Sidney’s co-star, described it as a privilege.