Trending Inside Sidney Poitier’s steamy, tumultuous affair with Diahann Carroll English Headline
Sidney Poitierleaving behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Joanna Shimkus.
But before he found everlasting love, the first black man to win an Academy Award for Best Actor was embroiled in a steamy, tumultuous affair with actress Diahann Carroll, that lasted for much of the 1960s.
The pair first laid eyes on each other in 1959, when they were both cast in the
At the time, Poitier was married to his first wife, Juanita Hardy, with whom he had four daughters. Carroll, then age 24, was wed to music manager Monte Kay.
Despite their respective marital statuses, the stars were instantly captivated by one another and commenced a torrid affair.
The red-hot romance continued even after Carroll gave birth to her only child, Suzanne, in 1960.
The brazen couple starred in a second film together titledwhich was released in 1961.
They were alsoon the night Poitier — who was still married — scooped the
In her bombshell 2008 memoir,Carroll claimed that, in 1963, Poitier promised he would leave his wife for her. He then allegedly convinced her that she, too, should also get a divorce so that they could openly be together.
Carroll kept her end of the bargain, and split from her husband, readying herself to
The actress — who went on to star in theand was the first black woman for “No Strings” — even wrote that Poitier gave her a glitzy ring, although she did not say it was a proposal.
However, he soon phoned her saying he was having second thoughts about their romance, and was not going to leave his wife.
“He changed the locks so I couldn’t get in [to the Riverside Drive apartment]. Then he made me write him a check to offset his purchase and decorating costs,” Carroll wrote in her memoir. “I did as I was told, submissive and desperate.”
Poitier finally split from his wife Juanita Hardy in 1965, but the Hollywood heartthrob purportedly told Carroll that he did not want to jump straight into another marriage.
The news prompted the beauty to begin dating other men, which Poitier did not take kindly to.
She wrote in her memoir: “Sidney called me at my hotel . . . ‘You bitch, whore, tramp,’ he yelled. ‘I know he just left your bed. I won’t have you running around with other men. You belong to me!’ “
Despite their tumultuous romance ending, the pair became firm friends several decades later.
They appeared together at various public events, with Carroll writing in her memoir: “Sidney and I are now friends. That’s a lovely thing that comes as you age – forgiveness and perhaps a relaxing of standards.”
She further told: “I’m a terrible romantic, just ridiculously so. It’s immature, my romanticism. It will not sustain a relationship. I know that now.”
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