Julia Louis-Dreyfus recounted a sweet encounter she had with Sidney Poitier in 1969.
Poitier, the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar, died Thursday at the age of 94.
On Saturday, Louis-Dreyfus took to Instagram to share a photo of the film icon and, in the accompanying caption, shared a story about how she first met him that night. where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 spaceflight.
“In the middle of the night, when I was eight years old, the most elegant man I have ever met gave me a white rose. I was in Tunisia, traveling with my family – my father was working with l 60s equivalent of Doctors At two o’clock in the morning, my mother woke me up and, in her nightgown, we went to the lobby of the Hilton in Tunis where they had installed a small black and white television on which to 2:56 a.m., Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Then we walked out to look out across the warm summer night for the most ever same moon in the sky,” she recalled. “What could top THAT? Well, that’s when we walked back into the lobby, and this handsome, elegant stranger gave me and every woman present a white rose to commemorate the evening. historic. My mother, in a kind of faint, explained to that it was not just any man, it was Sydney (sic) Poitier. What a gesture. What a gentleman. Rest in peace.”
Other celebrities to grace Poitier over the weekend include Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Scorsese.