Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
Date of Birth: November 15, 1973
*Lithuanian, Irish (mother)
Sydney Tamiia Poitier is an American actress. She starred in the Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie Grindhouse as radio DJ Jungle Julia.
Sydney is the daughter of actors Sir Sidney Poitier, who is Bahamian and American, and Joanna Shimkus, who is Canadian. Her father is of Afro-Bahamian ancestry and her mother is of Lithuanian and Irish heritage. Sydney’s maternal grandfather, who was of Lithuanian origin, was sometimes reported to be Jewish. It is not clear if this is accurate (Sydney’s mother was raised Catholic, and “Shimkus” is usually a non-Jewish Lithuanian surname).
Sydney’s paternal grandparents were Reginald James Poitier (the son of March Poitier and Emma “Emily” Jane Evans) and Evelyn Outten (the daughter of Timothy Outten and Gina).
Sydney’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Shimkus and Marie Teresa Petrie.
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