The Measure of a Man

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In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. In The Measure of a Man, Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure -- as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

He explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man seeking truth, passion, and balance in the face of limits -- his own and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.

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Born in Miami 1927 and raised in the Bahamas, Poitier began acting after the war, and soon made his debut in Hollywood with No Way Out. He became the first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1968 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and is the recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees, the last from New York University. He has starred in over forty films, directed nine, and written four. He has received three Golden Globe Awards; an American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award; the Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, among many other awards and honors. In April 1997 Poitier was named the Ambassador to Japan from the Bahamas. Sir Poitier is currently president and CEO of Verdon Cedric Productions. He is married, has six daughters, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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Sidney Poitier, recently given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild, is the only African-American actor ever to win an Oscar. The life experiences he explores frame his film career, fondly remembered by many. Poitier has crafted a memoir with articulate pride and self-reflection. His easy, conversational style makes it perfect for an audio experience. He conveys an elegance in speaking, yet maintains a likable storytelling ease. We learn of his early, reckless days in the Bahamas and his hard work in gaining success as an actor in the '50s and '60s. Poitier depicts incidents of discrimination and coercion that convey an insightful and approachable portrait of the times. Poitier's humanism is a consistent theme, and he's charismatic throughout. Frank McCourt captured hearts with Angela's Ashes; in much the same way Sidney Poitier shares his values and experiences in this brilliant audio program. R.F.W. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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