Director Sydney Pollack dies

Director Sydney Pollack dies

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) -- Sydney Pollack, 73, known for directing such movies as "Tootsie" and "Out of Africa," died of cancer Monday at his Los Angeles home, a family spokeswoman said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, April 13, 2008.
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Oscars get channel on YouTube

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has established a branded Oscars channel on YouTube, officials said in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008.
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Oprah to host Oscar star special

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey has a new deal with ABC for a pre-Oscars U.S. television special in which past Academy Award winners interview fellow Oscar winners. Daily Variety reports Winfrey's HARPO Productions has signed up Academy Award winning actors Julia Roberts,

Oprah Winfrey opens S. African school

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey kept a 6-year-old promise Tuesday and opened a school for impoverished South African girls south of Johannesburg.

Met Opera star Robert McFerrin Sr. dies

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Robert McFerrin Sr., whose rich baritone made him the first black man to sing under contract at the Metropolitan Opera, died of a heart attack in St. Louis. He

ABC to make 'Raisin in the Sun' telepic

NEW YORK, May 23 (UPI) -- Hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs will reprise his Broadway role in the stage classic "A Raisin in the Sun" in an ABC TV movie.

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Today is Thursday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2006 with 262 to follow.
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Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2006 with 314 to follow.
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Hollywood's Guy Green dead at 91

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Academy Award-winning cinematographer and director Guy Green has died at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home at age 91.

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Today is Wednesday, April 13, the 103rd day of 2005 with 262 to follow.
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'Ray' wins four NAACP Image Awards

LOS ANGELES, March 21 (UPI) -- "Ray" won four trophies at this year's NAACP Image Awards, including outstanding picture and best actor for Jamie Foxx.
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Sidney Poitier
NYP2000052606- 26 MAY 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: Fans greet actor Sidney Poitier as he arrives at Macy's department store May 26 to promo his spiritual autobiography, "The Measure of a Man". ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE ( /ˈpwɑːtjeɪ/ or /ˈpwɑːti.eɪ/; born February 20, 1927) is a Bahamian American actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

In 1963, Poitier became the first black person to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field. The significance of this achievement was later bolstered in 1967 when he starred in three well-received films To Sir, with Love, In the Heat of the Night, and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, making him the top box office star of that year. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Poitier among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking 22nd on the list of 25.

Poitier has directed a number of popular movies such as A Piece of the Action; Uptown Saturday Night, and Let's Do It Again (with friend Bill Cosby), and Stir Crazy (starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder). In 2002, 38 years after receiving the Best Actor Award, Poitier was chosen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive an Honorary Award, designated "To Sidney Poitier in recognition of his remarkable accomplishments as an artist and as a human being." Since 1997 he has been the Bahamian ambassador to Japan. On August 12, 2009, Sidney Poitier was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.

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