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Sidney Poitiers dies

Sydney Poitier, a black actor who starred in the 1950s and '60s in Hollywood, dominated by white actors, has died in old age in the Bahamas. He was the first black actor to win the Oscar, the highest award in the world of cinema. Inspired by him, a string of black artists emerged in later decades.

She won an Oscar in 1963 for her role in Lilies of the Field. Born in the United States and raised in a farming family in the Caribbean, Poitiers began his acting career as a young American black. After working in plays for many years, he waited for Hollywood. His roles in "No Way Out", "In the Heat of the Night", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", and "Too Sir with Love" was the most popular.

Sydney broke the tradition of portraying black people only as servants or in small roles because of his acting prowess. For the first time, a black man was seen in the lead role of a doctor, detective, and teacher in the film. Over the next three decades, he worked with all of Hollywood's leading actors and directors. He has received numerous nominations for Oscars and other important awards.

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