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Sidney Poitier Born: 02/20/1927
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA

Sidney Poitier was born prematurely on Feb. 20, 1927, to Bahamian citizens and tomato farmers, Reggie and Evelyn Poitier, on a trip to Miami, FL to bring their harvest to market. Weighing only three pounds as a newborn, his parents did not know if he would survive, and in Miami, his mother sought the prognosis of a local fortuneteller, who, for fifty cents, reassured her. As Poitier later recalled the story in his memoir The Measure of a Man, his mother was told that Sidney would not only survive, he would "travel to most of the corners of the Earth. He will walk with kings. He will be rich and famous. Your name will be carried all over the world." Poitier did survive and grew up o...

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