Is your surname Shimkus?

Research the Shimkus family

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Joanna M. Shimkus

Also Known As: "Joanna Poitier"
Current Location:: Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Private and Marie Teresa Shimkus
Wife of Sir Sidney Poitier
Mother of Anika Poitier and Sydney Tamiia Poitier

Occupation: Actor, model
Managed by: Private User
Last Updated:

About Joanna Shimkus

Joanna Shimkus is a retired Canadian actor and model. She is married to Bahamian-American actor and diplomat Sidney Poitier.

Shimkus was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to a Lithuanian-Jewish father and a mother of Irish descent.

She made her debut in 1964, in Jean Aurel's film De l'amour. She was then noticed by film director Robert Enrico, who selected her to appear in three of his films: Les aventuriers (1967), Tante Zita (1968), and Ho! (1968).

She also appeared in Joseph Losey's film Boom! (1968), opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and The Lost Man (1969), opposite Sidney Poitier. Her film career continued until the early 1970s, including roles in L'Invitée (1969), The Virgin and the Gypsy (1970), The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (1971), and A Time for Loving (1972).

view all

Joanna Shimkus's Timeline

1943
October 30, 1943
Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
1972
February 29, 1972
New York, New York County, New York, United States
1973
November 15, 1973
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States