More Stars, including Whoopi Goldberg After Sidney Poitier’s death, remember him as “an absolute legend.”
Celebrities such as Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and others have paid tribute to the late actor Sidney Poitier on social media.
The world is mourning the death of Sidney Poitier, the Oscar-winning actor who died on January 7th at the age of 94.
Following the news of Sidney’s passing, celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Jeffrey Wright, and others paid tribute to the legendary actor via social media. Many of the tributes included images of Sidney and positive sentiments about how he helped the African-American community in Hollywood break down barriers.
If you wanted the sky i would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high..
To Sir… with Love
Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P.
He showed us how to reach for the stars
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) January 7, 2022
“If you desired the sky, I’d write a thousand-foot-high letter across the sky for you.” Whoopi posted on Twitter, “To Sir… with Love Sir,” referring to Lulu’s song from the 1967 British movie To Sir, With Love, which starred Sidney Poitier. “R.I.P., Sidney Poitier. He taught us how to reach for the stars,” The View co-host continued.
Jeffrey, 56, posted a picture of Sidney along with a touching remark. “Sidney Poitier,” says the narrator. What a historical figure. It’s one-of-a-kind. What a lovely, courteous, friendly, and genuinely regal gentleman. Sir, may you rest in peace. On Twitter, he wrote, “With love.” In a Twitter tribute, Joseph Gordon-Levitt hailed Sidney “an incredible legend” and “one of the greats.” Joseph’s message includes a few images of Sidney, including one from when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009.
Garcelle Beauvais posted an Instagram photo of herself and Sidney. “Mr Poitier, thank you for your Legacy!!” she wrote. You exemplified what it means to be exceptional! “May you rest in power.” Viola Davis also tweeted a photo of herself and Sidney.
“This is a big one,” Viola wrote in her caption. There are no words to express how much your work has changed my life. You showed us that we, as Black people, mattered with the decency, normalcy, strength, excellence, and sheer energy you brought to your parts!!!
My husband and I were honoured to have lunch with you at Spagos. “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re not large enough,” you said. I framed this quote and hung it on my daughter’s wall. Mr Poitier, take care of yourself. Thank you very much! Thank you for leaving a lasting impression. “May angelic flights sing thee to thy rest.”
On Twitter, Loni Love paid tribute to Sidney by posting an old photo of the two together. “What a delight it was to meet the renowned actor Sidney Poitier.. he made us all feel proud and was an inspiration to us in an industry that could not be friendly at times.. thank you Mr. Poitier rest well,” she wrote.
“Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar, has died at the age of 94,” George Takei posted on Twitter. The star of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Lilies of the Field,” for which he won Best Actor, was a trailblazer who will be remembered by many who he helped open the doors to Hollywood.”
Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar, has died at the age of 94. The star of “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “Lilies of the Field,” for which he won Best Actor, was a trailblazer who will be mourned by so many for whom he opened the very doors of Hollywood.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 7, 2022
Octavia Spencer paid tribute to Sidney with a lengthy statement describing their meeting. She wrote, “I shall never forget the occasion that I met Mr Poitier.” “I’d just won an award, and he and Helen Mirren were on their way to the stage to present it to me.” It has a negative effect on me when I have an adrenaline overload.
I’m unable to bend my knees. So there I am, in my heels, clutching an award, shell-shocked and hot, glowering at the two of them. I was trying to think of one word to say but couldn’t think of anything. He came to a complete stop and congratulated me, so I must have been a horrible sight. I finally said, “I love you both.” He stated that he had high hopes for me. Hearing those words from a pioneer has the power to transform you! Mr Poitier, thank you!! Since then, I’ve been on a high!!”
In his homage, Lenny Kravitz remarked, “Sir #SidneyPoitier, your beautiful light will never wane.” The doors you opened and the routes you paved will continue to pave the way for those who have a vision. You demonstrated to the world that anything is possible if you have vision and grace.” “Our excellence will always be the benchmark,” he declared in a second tweet.
Bahamian King, may you rest in perfect peace. My heartfelt sympathies and condolences go out to you and your lovely family. #SidneyPoitier.” Taraji P. Henson paid tribute to Sidney with a portrait of the cherished icon. Taraji replied, “Rest easy, King #sidneypoitier.” “Thank you for slamming the doors shut. Thank you for your blood, sweat, tears, and determination will never be enough. REST IN PEACE IN HEAVEN!!! We will pass on your legacy to future generations!!!”
In 1964, Sidney won the Academy Award for Lilies of the Field, making him the first Bahamian and African American to do so. Prior to his acting career, he served in the army for a short time. He then went to New York City and discovered the American Negro Theater.
In exchange for acting classes, he worked as a janitor. Lysistrata was Sidney’s first official theatre role, which he followed up with Anna Lucasta. In 1950, Sidney made his big-screen debut in No Way Out.
Sidney kept making films until 2001. In the TV movie The Last Brickmaker in America, he made his final acting performance. In 2009, Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and in 1974, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom knighted him. He was also the Bahamas’ ambassador to the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.