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Who are the late Sidney Poitier’s six children and how old are they now?

Bruno Cooke January 7, 2022
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Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win the Best Actor Oscar, has died at the age of 94. He was the youngest of seven children born to Bahamian tomato farmers Evelyn and Reginald James Poitier, but Sidney Poitier had six daughters of his own – four with his first wife Juanita Hardy, and two with his second, Joanna Shimkus. Who are Poitier’s six daughters, and how old are they now?

Sidney Poitier had six children in total, all daughters 

Poitier married his first wife, Juanita Hardy, in April 1950. He was 23, having been born in 1927. 

They stayed together for 15 years, and raised their family in Stuyesant, New York, in a house on the Hudson River (which is now a “premier hunting outfitter” open to the public).

Sidney Poitier had four daughters with his first wife Juanita Hardy. They are Beverly (born 1952), Pamela (1954), Sherri (1956) and Gina (1961).

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With his second wife, Joanna Shimkus, he had two more daughters, Anika (born 1972) and Sydney Tamiia (1973).

Who were Sidney Poitier’s first four daughters?

Beverly married William J Q Mould, whose family were from Accra, Ghana, on September 5, 1970. The ceremony took place at the Poitier house. In 2001, she self-published a novel, Nana.

Pamela, born two years after Beverly, is an actor like her father. She’s also worked in location management and as a production assistant. Her mother Juanita, she once told an audience of children at the New Federal Theatre, “was half Cherokee”. 

Sherri Poitier is a chef, according to The Hollywood Reporter, although little else publicly known about Sidney Poitier’s third daughter.

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The last of Poitier’s four daughters (with his first wife) is Gina. Per her Northside Chapel obituary, Gina Poitier studied fashion merchandise at the American College for Applied Arts, in Georgia, and opened a designer boutique, Bejai Designs, specialising in fashion for large-sized women.

Born 1961, Gina Patrice Poitier Gouraige died “quickly and unexpectedly” on May 27, 2018, at the age of 57. She was survived by her husband Gaetan, daughters Guylaine and Gabrielle, and son Etienne – as well as her parents, Juanita and Sidney Poitier.

What about Anika and Sydney Tamiia Poitier?

Born 1972 in Manhattan, Anika Poitier is a director and actor. 

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She has four directorial credits to her name, per IMDB: The Devil Cats, Black Irish and Yard Sale (both shorts), and two episodes of The Choir (a TV series about an African-American choir).

The youngest of Sidney Poitier’s six children is Sydney Tamiia (pictured above). She recently turned 48. Her and Anika’s mother, Joanna Shimkus, is of Lithuanian Jewish and Irish Catholic descent.

Sydney Tamiia is, like many of her family members, a film and television actor. She played Jungle Julia in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof (2007) and, more recently, Clara in horror thriller Clinical (2017).

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.