Dionne Warwick on meeting Sidney Poitier: ‘I actually stalked him’


Dionne Warwick was a stalker.

On Thursday, the legendary performer and current Queen of Twitter revealed on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that she was stalking the late Sidney Poitier.

“I was coming out of a recording studio on 54th Street, and the [music] group came around the corner. And before me walked this majestic and magnificent man, and I broke rank. I left my daughters and started following him,” she said with a laugh.

“Right around the corner, right here, at the corner of 54th and Broadway, he stopped. And you know, there are no stores on Broadway between 54th and 53rd Street, and I look up, I’m fooling around,” she added, noting that this “encounter” happened around 1965.

“I actually bumped into him,” Warwick continued. “He turned around and he said, ‘Little girl. What do you want?’ And of course, I went crazy. My mouth wasn’t working. And finally, I said, ‘Can I have your autograph?’ And from that day until the last time I saw him, which was about a year ago, he didn’t greet me like, ‘Hi, Dionne.’ It was, ‘Hello little girl, do you want my autograph?’

Dionne Warwick on the Stephen Colbert show.  Inset by Sidney Poitier.
Dionne Warwick lost her temper when she first spotted Sidney Poitier many years ago.
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Poitier – the first black man to win the Oscar for best actor – died on January 6 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 94 years old.

His passing sparked an outpouring of tributes and memories from many cast members, including close friend Harry Belafonte.

Sydney Poitier.
Poitier died Jan. 6 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 94 years old.
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“For over 80 years, Sidney and I have laughed, cried and screwed up as much as possible,” he said in a statement to Page Six.

“He was really my brother and my partner in trying to make this world a little bit better. He definitely made mine a lot better,” Belafonte added.

The ‘To Sir With Love’ actor died of a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia and prostate cancer.


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