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Best Of: Sidney Poitier / Nicole Kidman

January 15, 2022

Fresh Air


Sidney Poitier, who paved the way for Black actors in film, died last week at 94. He was the first Black man to win an Oscar. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2000 about growing up in the Bahamas and breaking into acting. A leading man in the '50s and '60s, some of his best-known films include Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner and To Sir, with Love.

In Being the Ricardos, Nicole Kidman shifts back and forth between Lucille Ball and her character Lucy of I Love Lucy. We talk with the Australian actor about the challenges of the role and about ageism in Hollywood.