Sydney Tamiia Poitier

by ethnic on March 10, 2008

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Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: November 15, 1973

*Afro-Bahamian (father)
*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 is married to Dorian Heartsong, with whom she has a daughter.

Sydney’s paternal grandfather was Reginald James Poitier (the son of March Poitier and Emma Jane “Emily” Evans). Reginald was born on Cat Island. March was the son of David Poitier and Margaret. Emma was the daughter of Charles Evans and Jane.

Sydney’s paternal grandmother was Evelyn Outten (the daughter of Timothy Outten and Gina or Louisa Pinder).

Sydney’s maternal grandparents were Joseph Shimkus and Marie Teresa Petrie.

Sources: Genealogy of Sydney Tamiia Poitier (focusing on her father’s side) –

Marriage record of Sydney’s paternal grandparents, Reginald James Poitier and Evelyn Outten –

Sydney’s paternal grandfather, Reginald James Poitier, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Death record of Sydney’s paternal grandmother, Evelyn (Outten) Poitier –

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

xoxo August 27, 2015 at 3:04 am

She doesn’t look a thing like her dad.

cwm85 August 27, 2015 at 7:45 am

Of course not. Her dad is like all black and her mother is white. My mom is all black but I look like my dad who is white and native mix…

ann August 17, 2015 at 2:58 am
WTF November 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

She is actually gorgeous, but in this picture she looks awkward and strange. Please put up a better picture.

Check7t November 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Looks fine to me.

thomas1987 November 4, 2014 at 1:54 am

she looks like elaine from seinfeld

M June 14, 2015 at 8:45 pm

In this picture, she looks more like JLO

neiltennant August 18, 2018 at 3:53 am

no she does not

Elaine looks white and this woman does not look white

andrew September 13, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Not to be confused with Sidney Poitier, her dad. Her mother is also of Irish descent according to wikipedia

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