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Sidney Poitier honored by Halle Berry after “decades of friendship”: “You left an indelible mark”

Sidney Poitier received a tribute from another Hollywood icon after his passing.

The groundbreaking actor died on Friday at the age of 94, the Bahamian Foreign Office’s office confirmed to Fox News Digital.

In the hours that followed, tributes to the late movie star poured in from fans and stars alike.

Among these, that of Halle Berry, whose Oscar victory made her the first black woman to win such an award in her category, alongside Poitier’s historic victory in 1964.

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To pay tribute, Berry, 55, took to social media to share a heartwarming photo of herself and the legendary actor dressed in black.

She started her caption with a quote from Poitier’s 2008 book “Life Beyond Measure”: “A tiny bit of myself is lost when my friends are gone.”

“My dear Sidney, a huge part of my soul mourns at your passing,” Berry continued in his own words. “During your ninety-four years on this planet, you have left an indelible mark with your extraordinary talent, paving the way for blacks to be seen and heard in the fullness of who we are.”

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Poitier was the first black actor to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1959 before later becoming the first black man to win that award in 1964 for his work in “Lillies of the Field”.

“You were an iconic pioneer; yours was a life well lived,” Berry continued. “I grew up idolizing you and I will always remember the day I first met you. It was the only time in my life that I was speechless! Lovely then as you would be during our decades of friendship to follow. “

The actress concluded: “Rest in peace, beloved Sidney. You are and always will be the true measure of a man.”

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Berry’s tribute is significant, because nearly 40 years after Poitier’s Oscar victory, hers made her the first black woman to win an Oscar for playing a main character.

Berry’s victory came in 2002 for her role in “Monster’s Ball”. She remains the only black actress to have won the award.

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Poitier remained the only black man to win an Oscar for a leading role until Denzel Washington won the same award for his work on “Training Day”, also in 2002.

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Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) and Forrest Whitaker (“The Last King of Scotland”) are the only two other actors to win the award.


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