Oprah Winfrey and Cher remember their friend Sidney Poitier

  • At the premiere of ‘Sidney’, which took place at the Museum of the Film Academy in Los Angeles, the presenter explained that “I had a bond with the actor that I really didn’t have nor have I had with anyone else”

Oprah Winfrey and Cher have remembered Sidney Poitier as a moving figure, both in Hollywood and in their lives.

Asked by ‘People’ about her bond with the late actor Wednesday on the red carpet during the premiere of ‘Sidney’, at the Museum of the Motion Picture Academy in Los Angeles, Winfrey, 68, said: “I don’t know if I can explain it… It’s because I had a bond with him that I really didn’t have and haven’t had with anyone else.”

“It’s like being in a relationship with someone where you feel completely whole. That’s what it was,” added the presenter, who is the executive producer of the documentary premiered by Apple TV+ about the life and legacy of Poitier.

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For its part, Cher, 76, said her favorite thing about Poitier “was how easy it was to make her blush.” And although “they did not have a long history”, the singer confessed: “I felt we had a good connection. When he came to some barbecues with his wife Joanna Shimkus, he was all smiles and kindness,” he said.

Poitier, actor, director and activist, who, in 1964, became the first black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor, he died last January at the age of 94. Beyond acting, Poitier was an advocate who fought for civil rights, often alongside his close friend of nearly 80 years, Harry Belafonte. They helped organize the March on Washington and plan the memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. after his assassination.

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Oprah Winfrey and Cher remember their friend Sidney Poitier