Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares the story of meeting Sidney Poitier as a girl during the moon landing: ‘What a gentleman’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has shared a story about meeting Sidney Poitier as a young girl.  (Photo: REUTERS / Eric Gaillard)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has shared a story about meeting Sidney Poitier as a young girl. (Photo: REUTERS / Eric Gaillard)

Since the news of actress Sidney Poitier’s death at the age of 94 broke last Friday, stars such as Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey and Denzel Washington have paid tribute to the Hollywood icon and the bourgeois right-wing figure. Now Julia Louis-Dreyfus shares her own personal encounter with the Oscar winner.

On Saturday, the Seinfeld and Veep star took to social media to share a photo of Poitier along with a note revealing she had met The lilies of the field star when she was just eight years old – and in Tunisia on the day of the lunar landing in 1969.

Poitier handed out white roses to celebrate the lunar landing in 1969, according to Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  (Photo: REUTERS / David McNew)

Poitier handed out white roses to celebrate the lunar landing in 1969, according to Julia Louis-Dreyfus. (Photo: REUTERS / David McNew)

“In the middle of the night, when I was 8 years old, I got a white rose from the most elegant man I would ever meet,” wrote the actress, who turns 61 this week.

Louis-Dreyfus went on to explain that her family was in Tunis because of her stepfather L. Thompson Bowles’ work on the international health organization Project HOPE, which she compared to the “60s equivalent of Doctors Without Borders.”

Although the date of the lunar landing is July 20, 1969, the time difference meant that it was the early hours of the next day in Tunisia.

“At 2 o’clock in the morning my mother woke me up, and in our nightgowns we went to the lobby of the Tunis Hilton, where they had set up a small black-and-white television, whereupon at 02.56 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin went to the moon,” he wrote The Emmy winner. “Afterwards, we went outside to look up through the hot summer night on the never-again-the-same moon in the sky.”

They were quickly joined by a considerable guest.

“What could top IT at all?” Louis-Dreyus said of her memorable evening. “Well, that was when we returned to the lobby, and the beautiful, elegant stranger gave me, and each woman presented a white rose to celebrate this historic evening. My mother, in something of a faint, explained to me that this not just any man, this was Sydney [sic] Poitier. “

At the time, Poitier – the first black man to win an Oscar – would have been 42 and relatively fresh from a trio of prominent roles in To Sir, With Love, Guess who’s coming to dinner and In the heat of the night, all published in 1967.

“What a gesture. What a gentleman. Rest in peace,” Louis-Dreyfus concluded his tribute, which caught the attention of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner on Instagram.

“Freezing shivers. Such a beautiful story,” read a comment.

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