In a tribute to Sidney Poitier, Catherine Zeta-Jones talks about her ‘cherished’ time with him.


In a tribute to Sidney Poitier, Catherine Zeta-Jones discusses her ‘cherished’ time with him.

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES has paid her respects to Sir Sidney Poitier, the legendary actor who died at the age of 94.

Sir Sidney Poitier made history as the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and he held the record for being the oldest living person to win the award until his death.

A number of high-profile figures have paid tribute to the Hollywood star, who was known for films such as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Lilies of the Field, on social media.

Catherine Zeta-Jones, 52, used Instagram to pay tribute to the actor, posting a photo of him waving and smiling in a tuxedo.

She addressed her 3.9 million Instagram followers, sharing a touching memory of her time with the late actor, saying, “Farewell Mr.

Poitier, to be precise.

Hitting golf balls with you on the driving range at the club was a memorable experience.

“There are a lot more people who admire you and your acting abilities.”

“May God bless you.”

Sir Sidney was also remembered on Twitter by George Takei, 84, who described him as a “trailblazer” to his 3.2 million followers.

“Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Academy Award, has died at the age of 94,” he wrote.

“The star of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “Lilies of the Field,” for which he won Best Actor, was a trailblazer who will be remembered by so many for whom he opened the very doors of Hollywood,” according to Variety.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 40, wanted to pay his respects to the actor via social media as well, writing to his four million Twitter followers: “Sidney Poitier.

He’s the real deal.

“One of the all-time greats,” says the narrator.

The star then shared black-and-white photos of himself as a child, as well as a recent photo of President Barack Obama presenting him with a medal.

Former President Barack Obama bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on him in 2009, stating that the actor “not only entertained but also enlightened… revealing the power of the silver screen to bring us closer together.”

Sir Sidney was also a member of Disney’s board of directors, and the company’s former CEO Robert Iger was another high-profile figure who paid his respects.

“Former @Disney board member Sidney Poitier was the most dignified,” he wrote on Twitter.

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