Debbie Allen reflects on actor Sidney Poitier’s life and legacy

To Debbie Allen: “Sidney was incredible!”

The actress, choreographer, dancer and producer reflected on Sidney Poitier: “We’ve known each other for so long…so long.”

She looked up to him from the time she was very young!

“Sidney has given us so much and as a child it affected me,” Allen says.

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She added: “Can you imagine what it was like growing up in the 50’s, when I was a little girl, seeing Elvis Presley and finally just seeing a picture of yourself. When you saw him in the movies, it gave us all a sense of possibility.”

When fans walked past Poitier’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, they saw flowers and candles and realized he had passed away. Some were very sad. Others were amazed.

But for everyone, the loss was profound because it was as if he had always been there. Some fans say he was a pioneer. Others, a great actor and an icon.

To Debbie Allen: “He left a legacy of inspiration for so many millions of people.”

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