Sydney Tamiia Poitier


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Birth Name: Sydney Tamiia Poitier

Born on Nov. 15, 1973, Poitier was raised in Los Angeles, CA, the youngest of six girls that included older sister Anika and four half-sisters. Her mother was actress Joanna Shimkus and her father the Bahamian-born screen legend Sidney Poitier. Poitier had a relatively normal childhood, but waited to fully embrace her interest in professional acting until she applied to college. Poitier opted to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to study drama, where the mention of her name at the department's orientation had classmates humorously thinking her father had enrolled. At NYU, Poitier performed in various stage productions, including a memorable production of Shakespeare's "Ti... Continue Bio >>

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