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Poitier, Hollywood’s first black movie star, is dead

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Hollywood’s first Black movie star and first Black man to win the best actor Oscar, Sidney Poitier, has died at age 94.

This was confirmed by Clint Watson, Press Secretary for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, who said the legend died on Thursday evening, CNN reports.

The youngest of seven children, Poitier was born several months premature in Miami on February 20, 1927.

Poitier won the Oscar for 1963’s “Lilies of the Field,” in which he played an itinerant labourer who helps a group of White nuns build a chapel.

According to the report, Poitier overcame an impoverished background in the Bahamas and softened his thick island accent to rise to the top of his profession at a time when prominent roles for Black actors were rare. 

He retired from acting in 2000, choosing instead to play golf and pen a memoir, “The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography,” in which he described his lifelong attempt to live according to principles instilled in him by his father and others he admired.

In his later years, as Hollywood sought to recognise a man whose example had opened doors for so many other Black actors, the accolades poured in. 

In 2001, Poitier received an honorary Academy Award for his overall contribution to American cinema. 

The following year, in accepting his best actor Oscar for “Training Day,” Denzel Washington said, “Forty years I’ve been chasing Sidney. … I’ll always be chasing you, Sidney. I’ll always be following in your footsteps.”

In 2009, President Obama awarded Poitier the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, saying, “It’s been said that Sidney Poitier does not make movies, he makes milestones … milestones of artistic excellence, milestones of America’s progress.”

The Film Society of Lincoln Center bestowed its highest award on Poitier in 2011. 

Among the speakers praising him was filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who said, “In the history of movies, there’ve only been a few actors who, once they gained recognition, their influence forever changed the art form.

“There’s a time before their arrival, and there’s a time after their arrival. And after their arrival, nothing’s ever going to be the same again. As far as the movies are concerned, there was pre-Poitier, and there was Hollywood post-Poitier.”

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‘Law & Order’ actress Mary Mara dead at 61 after drowning in NY river

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Mary Mara, an actress who starred on TV shows like “Law & Order,” “Ray Donovan” and “NYPD Blue,” died on Sunday, her manager confirmed to Page Six. She was 61.

New York State Police troopers responded to a call of a possible drowning a little after 8 a.m. local time on Sunday in the town of Cape Vincent where she lived, according to a police report obtained by The Post.

Once on the scene, police found her body – which they said showed no signs of foul play – in the water.

“Mary’s body was found this morning in her beloved St. Lawrence River,” her rep told Fox News Digital. “She drowned while swimming.”

However, an autopsy will still be performed at the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine an official cause of death.

Mara was reportedly staying at her sister’s summer home, which fronts the St. Lawrence River, when she decided to go for a swim.

She leaves behind an ex-husband and stepdaughter, her manager told us.

“Mary was one of the finest actresses I ever met,” the manager said. “I still remember seeing her onstage in 1992 in ‘Mad Forest’ off-Broadway. She was electric, funny and a true individual. Everyone loved her. She will be missed.”

Though Mara acted in over 20 movies, the small screen was her bread and butter.

She dominated the TV drama genre with roles on other popular shows like “Nash Bridges,” “ER,” “Criminal Minds,” “The West Wing,” “Shameless,” “Lost” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” among others.

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Bam Margera found after second rehab escape, headed to new facility

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Bam Margera has been found following his second escape from rehab in two weeks – and is reportedly on his way to a new center, thanks to an intervention.

The “Jackass” star, 42, was located Monday at a hotel in Deerfield Beach, Fla., according to TMZ, after last being seen Saturday evening near LifeSkills South Florida residential facility.

The outlet reports that police officers were joined by a crisis intervention team, which included Margera’s mother and father, who held an intervention on the spot.

Other family members called in to speak with him, per TMZ, but it’s unclear if the stunt performer’s wife, Nicole Boyd, was involved.

Margera allegedly insisted on seeing the couple’s 4-year-old son, Phoenix Wolf, but was told he needed to get himself back in treatment first, the reality star’s camp told the outlet, noting that Margera “voluntarily agreed” to check in to a new facility.

As previously reported, this is the second time the MTV alum has fled rehab without permission in recent weeks.

The father of one was first reported missing after leaving a facility in Delray Beach on June 13 without authorization.

He allegedly told the center’s manager of his plans to exit the premises so he could check into a different rehab, but cops could not locate him.

Margera was found safe on June 15 while hiding out in a Florida hotel room.

Sources told TMZ at the time that the “Bam’s Unholy Union” alum was sober and cooperative when police picked him up and took him to a second facility, which is the one from which he most recently escaped.

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ChaCha Eke’s marriage crashes, says she doesn’t want to die or go missing

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Chacha Eke, Nollywood actress, has announced the end of her marriage with Austin Faani.

Chacha made this known in a post on her Instagram page.

The movie star said she was moving on with her life, adding that she does not want to die or go “missing” while living in her paradise.

The actress, who had in 2020 said she was diagnosed with “Bipolar disorder when reports of her marriage crisis went viral, apologized for “living a lie these past years.”

”Many have died pretending all is well whilst wishing, hoping and praying for a better tomorrow.

“For the 2nd time in 2years, I am here again on social media boldly declaring that I am done with my marriage. My long overdue/relentless stance on this is of course no news to Austin Faani, the doctors and my parents.

“If push comes to shove & suddenly I am incommunicado, my lawyers, the welfare department and the Nigerian police force have my testimonials in recorded video clips/statements set for public release on all social media apps and national newspapers.“

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