Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier passed away on 6 January 2022, aged 94 years old. As the first Black actor to win an Academy Award in 1964, he was renowned for helping to introduce inclusivity in the film industry.
Following the news of his passing, supporters are intrigued to find out more about the icon. We delve into his personal life and explore his previous marriages. How many wives did the late actor have?

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Film actor Sidney Poitier and wife Joanna Shimkus.    (Photo by Robin Platzer/Getty Images)
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How many wives did Sidney Poitier have?

During his long-lived life of 94 years, Sidney Poitier experienced two marital relationships, one of which he successfully sustained until his recent passing.

Poitier had children in both of his marriages and the legendary actor is now survived by five of his six daughters.

Meet the late Oscar-winner’s wives, Joanna and Juanita, as we explore their relationships and children with Sidney Poitier.

Who is Juanita Hardy, the actor’s first wife?

Sidney Poitier first married Juanita Hardy on 29 April 1950, who was reportedly a dancer and model upon their first meeting.

Ahead of their divorce in 1965, the pair had remained together for a total of 15 years.

The couple shared four daughters named Beverly, Pamela, Sherri and Gina, who they raised in Stuyvesant, New York.

Gina Poitier, their youngest daughter, reportedly passed away unexpectedly in 2018.

Sidney Poitier and daughters during The 32nd Annual NAACP Image Awards at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Juanita Hardy attended Livingstone College from 1969 until 1973 whereby she studied mathematics.

She later received a master’s degree from The George Washington University, as per her LinkedIn profile.

Having worked at IBM for over 31 years from 1974 until her retirement in 2005, she began as a management consultant and left the company as the national leader for state and local outsourcing.

Since then, Hardy has remained a successful businesswoman as the Founder and Managing Principal of Tiger Management Consulting Group, a business consulting services firm located in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Meet Joanna Shimkus, from his 46-year-long marriage

Eleven years after his divorce, Poitier married Joanna Shimkus on 23 January 1976.

Born on 30 October 1943 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Joanna Shimkus is a Canadian film actress who reportedly met Sidney while working on The Lost Man in 1969.

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Sidney Poitier with his wife Joanna Shimkuss; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images

Her father is thought to be of Lithuanian-Jewish heritage, while her mother was Irish-Catholic.

Shimkus moved to the US in the 1960s to pursue her dreams of being an actor and model, appearing in many films in the 1960s and 70s before taking a nearly 40-year break from the industry and returning in The Force in 2018.

The couple had two children together. Anika Poitier was born on 29 February 1972 and is now 49 years old, while Sydney Tamiia arrived on 15 November 1973, making her age 48 today.

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