Sidney Poitier, is a Bahamian-American actor and film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, the first black actor to win that award, was nominated a second time. In addition, he was nominated six times for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for Best Foreign Actor, winning each once. From 1997 to 2007, he served as the Bahamian Ambassador to Japan, his family lived in the Bahamas, but Poitier was born in Miami while they were visiting, thereby acquiring American citizenship. He grew up in the Bahamas, moving to New York when he was 16, he joined the North American Negro Theatre, landing his breakthrough film role as an incorrigible high school student in the 1955 film Blackboard Jungle. In 1958, Poitier starred with Tony Curtis in the critically acclaimed The Defiant Ones as chained-together convicts who escape and must cooperate; each received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor, with Poitier's being the first for a black actor, as well as nominations for the BAFTAs, which Poitier won.
In 1964, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field in which he played a handyman who stays with and helps a group of German-speaking nuns build a chapel. Poitier received critical acclaim for A Raisin in the Sun and A Patch of Blue, he continued to break ground in three successful 1967 films, each dealing with issues of race and race relations: To Sir, with Love. He received nominations for the Golden Globes and BAFTAs for the latter film, but not for the Oscars due to vote splitting between his roles. After twice reprising his Virgil Tibbs character from In the Heat of the Night and acting in a variety of other films, including the thriller The Wilby Conspiracy, with Michael Caine, Poiter turned to acting/directing with the action-comedies Uptown Saturday Night, Let's Do It Again, A Piece of the Action, all co-starring Bill Cosby. During a decade away from acting, he directed the successful Stir Crazy starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, among other films.
He returned to acting in early 1990s in a few thrillers and television roles. Poitier received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 1974. In 2009 Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. In 2016, he was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for outstanding lifetime achievement in film. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Poitier 22nd on their list of Greatest Male Stars of classic Hollywood cinema, he is the only living actor on the list. In 2002, Poitier was chosen to receive an Academy Honorary Award, in recognition of his "remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Sidney Poitier was the youngest of seven surviving children, born to Evelyn and Reginald James Poitier, Bahamian farmers who owned a farm on Cat Island. The family would travel to Miami to sell other produce. Reginald worked as a cab driver in Nassau, Bahamas. Poitier was born in Miami, his birth was two months premature and he was not expected to survive, but his parents remained in Miami for three months to nurse him to health.
Poitier grew up in the Bahamas a British Crown colony. Owing to his birth in the United States, he was automatically entitled to American citizenship. Poitier's uncle believed that the Poitier ancestors on his father's side had migrated from Haiti, were among the runaway slaves who established maroon communities throughout the Bahamas, including Cat Island, he noted that Poitier is a French name, that there were no white Poitiers from the Bahamas. However, there had been a white Poitier on Cat Island. In 1834, his wife's estate on Cat Island had 86 slaves -- 47 women; the slaves kept the name Poitier, a name, introduced into England during the Norman conquest in the 11th century. Poitier lived with his family on Cat Island. There he was exposed to the modern world, where he saw his first automobile, first experienced electricity, plumbing and motion pictures, he was raised a Roman Catholic but became an agnostic with views closer to deism. At age 15, he was sent to Miami to live with his brother's large family.
At 16, he held a string of jobs as a dishwasher. A waiter sat with him every night for several weeks helping. In November 1943, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Army during World War II, he was assigned to a Veteran's Administration hospital in Northport, New York, was trained to work with psychiatric patients. Poitier became upset with how the hospital treated its patients and faked mental illness to obtain a discharge. Poitier confessed to a psychiatrist that he was faking, but the doctor was sympathetic and granted his discharge under Section 8 of Army regulations in December 1944. After leaving the Army he worked as a dishwasher until a successful audition landed him a spot with the American Negro Theater. Poitier was rejected by audiences. Contrary to what was expected of black actors at the time, Poitier's tone deafness made him unable to sing. Determined to refine his acting skills and rid himself of his noticeable Bahamian accent, he spent the next six months dedicating himself to achieving theatrical success.
On his second attempt at the theater
"Wishing I Was There" is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia, released on 31 May 1998 as the third single from her debut album Left of the Middle. The track was produced by Phil Thornalley and was co-written by Imbruglia and Colin Campsie; the single reached number five in Canada and Iceland, became a top-twenty hit in the United Kingdom and broke the top 30 in Imbruglia's native Australia. It was a minor hit in mainland Europe. On 31 May 1998 Australian-born singer-songwriter, Natalie Imbruglia, released "Wishing I Was There" as the third single from her debut album, Left of the Middle. Prior to this song's release, Imbruglia's first two singles, "Torn" and "Big Mistake" were major chart hits during late 1997 and early 1998. "Wishing I Was There" followed, but was less successful than her first two singles, reaching number 19 on the UK Singles Chart, number 24 in Australia, number 40 in New Zealand. In Canada, the song reached number five on the RPM Top Singles chart in September 1998, becoming her second hit there after "Torn", which spent 12 weeks at number one between April and July.
In the United States, the song was not allowed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 due to rules in place at the time, but reached a peak of number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart, where "Torn" had stayed at number one for 11 weeks. It peaked at number 13 on the Adult Top 40 chart and number 15 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Elsewhere, the song charted in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, but did not reach the top 50 in any of those countries, it did, make it to number 27 in Italy. "Wishing I Was There" is a song with a single version length of three minutes and 52 seconds and an album version of four minutes and 25 seconds. The song is set in the key of F major and has a medium tempo – 96 beats per minute – with a piano and vocal arrangement. Imbruglia is co-credited, for both lyrics and music; the music video was shot in parts of New York. Towards the end of the video, the now destroyed World Trade Center complex and parts of lower Manhattan are featured. UK CD1 "Wishing I Was There" – 4:25 "Big Mistake" – 5:07 "Why" – 4:18UK CD2 "Wishing I Was There" – 4:25 "Wishing I Was There" – 3:33 "Impressed" – 4:08 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Natalie Imbruglia - Wishing I Was There on YouTube
Chaetaglaea rhonda is a moth in the family Noctuidae. In Canada, it is presently known only from dunes along the shore of Lake Huron in Lambton County, Ontario. In the United States, it is known from Carolina Beach State Park, New Hanover County, North Carolina, it is expected that the species occurs in suitable habitats down the Atlantic seaboard. The forewings are glossy gunmetal gray with numerous black scales, the costal and posterior margins red; the darker gray antemedial and postmedial lines are evenly concave from the costa to vein CuA2, where both lines turn toward the outer margin. The subterminal line is lighter gray than the ground color, scalloped between the veins below vein M3. Between veins M3 and R5, the line is evenly convex, terminating closest to outer margin on vein R5 and bending inward toward the costa. Black scales occur along the anterior margin of the subterminal line, forming a distinct black spot in cell M5; these black scales fade between vein M5 and the costa and below vein M1.
The outer margin has a series of black dots between the veins and the orbicular and reniform spots are poorly demarcated by thin gray lines. A black dot occurs in the lower margin of the reniform spot; the hindwings are dark gray brown with concolorous fringe. The species is named in honor of Rhonda Landry