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Entertainment Hollywood Legend Sidney Poitier and Beloved Comedian Bob Saget Honored on PEOPLE Covers

17:14  16 january  2022
17:14  16 january  2022 Source:   people.com

Tributes pour in for groundbreaking actor Sidney Poitier

  Tributes pour in for groundbreaking actor Sidney Poitier Tributes to Sidney Poitier poured in from Hollywood and around the world following the death Thursday of the groundbreaking actor and cultural icon. Poitier, who was the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance and the first to be a top box-office draw, was 94. —- “For over 80 years, Sidney and I laughed, cried and made as much mischief as we could. He was truly my brother and partner in trying to make this world a little better. He certainly made mine a whole lot better.” — Actor Harry Belafonte, in a statement. “It was a privilege to call Sidney Poitier my friend. He was a gentle man and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years.

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Hollywood is reeling from the loss of two celebrated stars.

In this week's dual PEOPLE cover stories, family and friends pay tribute to legendary actor Sidney Poitier, who died Thursday at the age of 94, and Full House star Bob Saget, who died Sunday at 65 years old.

Poitier was known both as a trailblazing performer and activist. In 1964, he became the first Black actor to win the Oscar for Best Actor for his work on the 1963 film, Lilies of the Field.

"He just had this power and charm and wit and humor and danger," actress Lee Grant, who costarred with Poitier in 1967's In the Heat of the Night, tells PEOPLE. "He had a sense of morality that went through all of his films."

Bob Saget is dead: Danny Tanner from "Full House" died at the age of 65

 Bob Saget is dead: Danny Tanner from his role in the US Sitcom "Full House" brought him the reputation as America's family father. Now the actor and Comedian Bob Saget was found dead in a hotel room. © Robyn Beck / AFP The American actor Bob Saget is dead. This informed the police of the district Orange County in the US state Florida . Accordingly, investigators have been called to a hotel in Orlando. In one of the rooms they would have found a "non-responsive man".

"Sidney just was a hero," she added.

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Beyond acting, Poitier was an advocate who fought for civil rights, often alongside his close friend of nearly 80 years, Harry Belafonte. They helped organize the March on Washington and plan Martin Luther King Jr.'s memorial after his assassination.

The singer's daughter Shari Belafonte tells PEOPLE that "losing Sidney is probably the most difficult thing my father has had to fathom, more so than losing Martin L. King."


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"They both focused on making this world a better place for all people, not just people of color," she adds.

Death of Bob Saget: What the authorities suspects as Causes

 Death of Bob Saget: What the authorities suspects as Causes while Bob Saget was found dead Sunday in the room of a hotel in Florida, the authorities suspect several causes of death. © EARL GIBSON III / SHUTTERSTOCK / SIPA BOB SAGET went on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the age of 65. The American actor and humorist, known fans to have played in the series "The party at home", was found dead in the room of a hotel in Orlando, Florida, where he was passing for the tour from his one-man show. Dates of his show were scheduled until May.

Saget's family, friends and former castmates are also remembering him after the beloved comedian died on Sunday following a performance in Ponte Vedra on Saturday night.

"We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter," his family shared in a statement on Sunday night.

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Saget's wife Kelly Rizzo tells PEOPLE that "Bob was my absolute everything."

"I am so completely shattered and in disbelief. I am so deeply touched by the outpouring of love and tribute from our friends, family, his fans and his peers," she adds. "When the time is right and when this news is not as raw, I look forward to sharing more of Bob with the world."

Bob Saget’s Car Picked Up At LAX By John Mayer, Jeff Ross In Video Tribute To Their Fallen Friend

  Bob Saget’s Car Picked Up At LAX By John Mayer, Jeff Ross In Video Tribute To Their Fallen Friend John Mayer and Jeff Ross remembered the late Bob Saget as they performed one final task for their friend – retrieving his car at Los Angeles International airport. The two posted an Instagram video Wednesday of their short road trip, which came three days after Saget’s unexpected death in Orlando at the Ritz-Carlton. He was 65.More from DeadlineBob Saget Interview Taped Last Month To Air Friday On 'CBS Mornings'How To Watch The SAG Awards Nominations Announcement OnlineJimmy Kimmel Pays Tearful Tribute To Bob Saget: "He Was The Sweetest Man" Saget was remembered as the pickup team tooled down the 405 Freeway on the way to the airport.

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In one of his most iconic roles, Saget played Danny Tanner on Full House and later returned for the Netflix sequel, Fuller House. On Monday, the cast of the hit family sitcom shared a joint statement honoring him.

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"Thirty-five years ago, we came together as a TV family, but we became a real family. And now we grieve as a family. Bob made us laugh until we cried," they wrote. "Now our tears flow in sadness, but also with gratitude for all the beautiful memories of our sweet, kind, hilarious, cherished Bob. He was a brother to us guys, a father to us girls and a friend to all of us."

"Bob, we love you dearly. We ask in Bob's honor, hug the people you love. No one gave better hugs than Bob," they added.

Additionally, the stars of the show including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Candace Cameron Bure, John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber all shared individual heartfelt tributes.

For more on Sidney Poitier and Bob Saget's remarkable lives and careers, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands nationwide on Friday.

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