Pioneering Bahamian-American actor Sidney Poitier, who died earlier this month aged 94, was Hollywood’s first black global megastar, appearing in more than 40 films.

His 2000 autobiography, The Measure of A Man, recalled how his success had been achieved against seemingly insurmountable odds. Poitier’s parents, Evelyn and Reginald, were tomato farmers on the poverty-ridden Cat Island in the Bahamas...

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