Halle Berry Writes Touching Tribute To Sidney Poitier: ‘I Grew Up Idolizing You’

Halle Berry wrote a touching tribute to icon and pioneering friend Sidney Poitier, who passed away at the age of 94.

The “stacked” actor shared an Instagram post dedicated to Poitier hours after the Bahamas foreign minister announced his death on Friday. “An enormous part of my soul mourns for your passing,” she wrote.

Berry’s career is intrinsically linked to Poitier’s career in the way they both made Oscar history.

Poitier became the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1964, among many “first” and groundbreaking accomplishments throughout his career. He received the award for his role in the movie “Lilies of the Field”.

Berry made history when she became the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for “Monster’s Ball” in 2002. She remains the only black woman to win a Best Actress award to date.

In 2016, Berry said at a conference that learning that “another woman of color didn’t go through that door” was “heartbreaking.”

Halle Berry presents an award to Sidney Poitier at the 15th edition of the Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California, in 2002.

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Berry praised Poitier’s legacy in her Instagram post on Friday, writing, “In your ninety-four years on this planet, you have left an indelible mark with your extraordinary talent, paving the way for black people to be seen and heard with all they can. We are.”

“You were a creative pioneer; you had a good life.” “I grew up worshiping you and will always remember the day I first met you. It is the only time in my life that I have become speechless!”

“I sat there, my words glued together, and I was as generous and charming as I had been through the decades of friendship that would follow,” she continued, adding, “Rest in peace, beloved Sydney. You are and always will be the true measure of a man.”

Tributes to Poitier began pouring in on Friday, including a heartfelt message from Denzel Washington, who became the second black man to win a Best Actor Oscar in 2002.

“It was an honor to call my friend Sidney Poitier,” Washington said in a statement to the Daily Beast. “He was such a nice guy and he opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years. May the Lord bless him and his family.”

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