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Sidney Poitier: Man, Actor, Icon

Aram Goudsouzian


This full biography of actor Sidney Poitier analyzes the life and career of a Hollywood legend, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his 2002 Oscar for lifetime achievement. In such films as Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Poitier's middle-class, mannered, virtuous screen persona contradicted prevailing film stereotypes of blacks as half-wits, comic servants, or oversexed threats. His screen image and public support of nonviolent integration assuaged the fears of a broad political center, and by 1968, Poitier was voted America's favorite movie s ... More

Keywords: Sidney Poitier, racial history, stereotypes, integration, civil rights, blaxploitation, black equality, film industry, Hollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780807828434
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807875841_goudsouzian


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aram Goudsouzian, author