Anika Poitier, the celebrity child of the late Sidney Poitier, is an actress and director. She has this special bond and lots of memories with her dad. Recalling her childhood, she remembers when her father came with a silver bracelet, a bouquet of red roses, and a card that said, “Love from a Secret Admirer” on the day of Valentine’s because she was sad as she didn’t get any flowers that day. That day and for the rest of his life, Anika used to get the flowers no matter where she was traveling on Valentine’s Day. She recently shared the memory in February of this year.
The first black man to win the Oscar for Best Actor in 1964 has kept his family far from the limelight. Poitier preferred to keep his personal life away from the media.
Today, we will learn about his second-youngest daughter, Anika Poitier.
Who Is Anika Poitier?
Ankia Poitier was born on February 29, 1990, in Manhattan, New York, USA. Her zodiac sign is Pisces. As of now, Ankia is 32 years old.
She was exposed to artistic expression as a child because many people from the industry used to visit her father at the time. Anika was raised in Los Angeles, and she moved to New York City when she was around 18. Ankia has loved the arts ever since she was a child.
That is why, as an undergraduate, she majored in the arts. Talking about her education, she studied arts at The American University of Paris. Besides, she has a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College. She has participated in the Directing Workshop for Women Filmmakers at The American Film Institute.
Anika Poitier is an Actress and Director
Now, regarding her career, she followed in her father’s path and her passion and entered the entertainment industry. She joined the industry professionally with her debut movie, Swordfish, which starred John Travolta and Halle Berry
Later, she tried to establish herself as a director with the film The Devil Cats, in which she played the lead role and wrote the film on her own. The film did not perform well at the box office, but audiences generally enjoyed it. Black Irish, Myth America, Sidney, and Yard Sale are some of her movies.
Anika Poitier Has Five Sisters
Her father, Sidney Poitier had married twice, first in 1950 and again in 1976. Poitier was the father of six daughters. He shared four daughters, Beverly, Pamela, Sherri, and Gina, with his first wife, Juanita Hardy, and two daughters, Anika and Sydney, with his second wife, Joanna Shimkus.
Beverly Poitier is the eldest child and first daughter of Sidney Poitier and Juanita Hardy. She is an artist and jewelry designer by profession. She owns her own jewelry brand, Poitier 12Henderson Jewelry, named after her father and her husband, with whom she lives in the suburbs of North Atlanta, Georgia.
Pamela Poitier ( April 12, 1954) is the second eldest daughter of Poitier and his wife Juanita. She, like her father, chose acting as a career. Pamela has worked in movies like Stir Crazy, Ghost Dad, Air America, The Jackal, and so on. While residing in her father’s home in the Bahamas, she teaches acting to the people there, with the belief that the Bahamas has talented people just like her father.
The third daughter, Sherri, was born on July 1956. Like her father, she is also an actress who has done movies like A Piece of the Action and The Fighting Temptations. Besides, she has also worked as a cook.
The late Gina Patrice Poitier was the fourth daughter of Poitier and his first wife. Gina was the fashion designer. Among all the daughters, Gian was the spoiled one, according to his father.
And then comes Anika Poitier, the first child of Poitier and his second wife, Joanna Shimkus. Her younger sister, Sydney Tamiia Poitier (born November 15, 1973), is also an actor, just like her and her father.
Her Half-sister Died At The Age of 57
Gina Poitier, the youngest daughter of Sidney and his first wife, died at the age of 57 on May 22, 2018. As mentioned earlier, Poitier has always maintained privacy when it comes to his daughter and his family. Even when his daughter Gina died, the family didn’t reveal the cause of her death, only stating that it was quick and unexpected. They wrote “ It is a gross understatement to say that she will be missed,”
In her obituary, we got to know some details about her. Gina Patrice ( 1961) lived in Pleasantville, New York, for seven years before moving to Stuyvesant, New York. In high school, she met the love of her life, Gaetan Gouraige, and got married in 1988. Together they welcomed four children, the youngest, Emmanuel, died before her.
Gina was a fashion designer. She graduated from Suny Albany with a fine arts degree and went on to attend the American College of Applied Arts in Atlanta, where she graduated with a degree in fashion merchandise.
Soon After, She Lost Her Father Too
Ankia faced tragedy again three years after the death of her half-sister. This time, she lost his father, actor Sidney Poitier. On the evening of January 6, 2022, her father died at the age of 94 at his own home in California. His death certificate describes heart failure as the cause of his death.
As a tribute to her late father, Anika shared her fondest memory with her dad. Her heartfelt essay was published by The Hollywood Reporter. ” As we begin to navigate this uncharted territory of life without my father, I realize that there is an infinite list of things I will miss.”
She wrote, “I will miss hugging him in his cashmere sweater and listening to him ponder the cosmos.” I will miss his laughter, his smile, and his silly sense of humor. “I have so many family memories of us just laughing, the kind of infectious laughter that just won’t stop until the tears are streaming down our faces.” Her sister, Sydney Jamia, also shared heartfelt words after their father’s demise.
Who is Anika Poitier Married To?
Like her father, Anika kept her personal life away from the media. Though there is not much information about her marriage life, there’s news that she is married to actor Leandro Pari Dimoriva. There is no clue as to their date of marriage, but if we go through her Instagram, we can see Ankia sharing pictures of her husband since 2011.
Her husband, Leandro, born on July 15, 1977, is a professional actor. More than that, he is the co-host of ‘The Educated Barfly’. The Educated Barfly produces high-quality tutorial videos featuring the best in classic, modern classic, and craft cocktails. He uses Instagram under the username @ledimonriva with a bio that reads, “I am just here for the drinks.” With more than 1.1K followers, he shares his cocktail recipes and family moments through his Instagram post.
Does Anika Poitier Have Children?
Yes, the actress is a mother to two beautiful children. She has a girl and a boy. However, the celebrity child hasn’t revealed much about her children.
Anika Poitier Net Worth
As of 2022, Anika Poitier has an estimated net worth of $5 million. She made the majority of her fortune from the entertainment industry.
Her late father, Sidney Poitier, on the other hand, amassed a fortune of $20 million from his work as an actor, writer, film director, film author, diplomat, and filmmaker. Additionally, the late actor owned a home in Beverly Hills, California, that is worth as much as $10 million today. His property is to be handed over to his daughters.
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