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Sidney Poitier : man, actor, icon

Author: Aram Goudsouzian
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the first full biography of legendary actor Sidney Poitier, Aram Goudsouzian analyzes the life and career of Hollywood's only leading black man during the civil rights era, from his childhood in the Bahamas to his 2002 Oscar for lifetime achievement. Poitier is a gifted actor, a great American success story, an intriguing personality, and a political symbol. As Goudsouzian details, Poitier's past illuminates
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier; Sidney Poitier
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Aram Goudsouzian
ISBN: 0807828432 9780807828434
OCLC Number: 52979159
Description: xii, 480 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt. 1: Poverty and progress --
Patches (1927-1943) --
Great migrations (1943-1945) --
Stages (1945-1949) --
Pt. II: Race man --
Message movies (1949-1952) --
Black lists (1951-1954) --
Threats (1955-1957) --
Noble savages (1956-1957) --
Pt. III: Black man's burden --
Decisions (1957-1959) --
Burdens (1959-1961) --
Blues (1960-1962) --
Long journeys (1963-1964) --
Pt. IV: Alone in the penthouse --
Crossroads (1965-1966) --
Useful negroes (1966-1967) --
Last hurrahs (1967-1968) --
Pt. V: Through playing God --
Exiles (1967-1971) --
Survivors (1972-1978) --
Ghosts (1978-2002).
Responsibility: Aram Goudsouzian.
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