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Exclusive: Hollywood Legend Sidney Poitier Opens Up About Electing A Black President, Racial Barriers in Hollywood, His Family, and Staying Out of the Spotlight in the September/October Issue of AARP the Magazine

“I love my life! I have a wife I love. We have children. I have children from my first wife, who has remained close. It’s a very simple life – but it’s a life that allows me to be myself.”


On Protecting Our Planet… “Well, this planet is perfectly designed for us. But we ignore our responsibility to it. We abuse it. We are disrespectful. We behave with one another in ways that damage it. So what we do about all this depends on how we manage as a family – and I mean the 6.7 billion of us on this planet.”


To Sidney With Love: ***words of love for this Hollywood legend from his colleagues, as exclusively told to AARP The Magazine.***


“I remember sitting on my linoleum floor when I was ten years old, watching the Academy Awards, and I saw Sidney Poitier. My mother worked as a maid. We were on welfare. We were ’colored’ at the time, so I saw a ‘colored’ man get out of a limousine and was just in awe of that. And then that night, he won the Academy Award for Lilies of the Field. In my spirit I knew that because he had won the Oscar, I, too, could do something special – and I didn’t even know what it was.” --Oprah Winfrey


“We see this successful, elegant man now, but as a child, an adolescent, his life was not a done deal. Sidney respected his mistakes. When failure came, he never said, ‘This is too difficult, too hard’ – he had the resiliency to try again. His life is somewhere between astounding and unbelievable.” --Bill Cosby

An image of the July/August cover of AARP The Magazine featuring Sidney Poitier is available upon request.


About AARP The Magazine With more than 34 million readers nationwide, AARP The Magazine ( is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. Reaching over 23.5 million households, AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through in-depth celebrity interviews, health and fitness features, consumer interest information and tips, book and movie reviews and financial guidance. Published bimonthly in print and continually online, AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is the flagship title of AARP Publications.


About AARP AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 34 million readers; AARP Bulletin and AARP Bulletin Today, the go-to daily news source for AARP's 39 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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