Skip to comments.Juanita Moore, Oscar-Nominated Actress in Imitation of Life, Dies at 99
Posted on 01/02/2014 11:35:36 AM PST by massmike
Juanita Moore, an Oscar nominee for her role in the 1959 big-screen melodrama Imitation of Life, died at her Los Angeles home on Wednesday, reports Variety. She was 99.
Moore, who made more than 30 films, was the fifth African-American to receive an Academy Award nomination a Best Supporting Actress nod for playing Annie Johnson, a housekeeper (to Lana Turner) whose light-skinned daughter (Susan Kohner) passes for white.
Costar Kohner told the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, after hearing of Moore's death, "I would speak to her every year on her birthday, so I last spoke to her Oct. 19. ... We were very fond of each other. ... She was a very, very good actress and a lovely human being and had a wonderful sense of humor."
According to the Los Angeles Times, survivors include a step-grandson, Kirk Kahn, and two nephews. Moore's husband, Charles Burris, is reported to have died in 2001.
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Talented and recognizable actress. RIP.
I recall that film vividly. It was full of morality and archetypes. Lana Turner was in it, but not the star. The main message of the movie would be to accept and respect yourself. I recall her crying on her mother’s casket as it was lead down the street. Nobody knew who she was, as she had cut herself off from her family, so uncomfortable with having a white mother. She looked Puerto Rican, not black.
Yes, Lana played Sara Jane. I remember this movie, too, when I was a kid. The pivotal moment when she cut ties came when a boyfriend confronted Sara Jane about her mother being a “ni****” and beat her up mercilessly. Mother sought her out to know that she still loved her, but agreed to stay out of her life. It was such a heartbreaking film.
She reminded me every second of the movie of the sweet black lady who worked for us in deep south GA in the 50s and 60s. I miss her even to this day and while she had no situation like the movie, she was a wonderful woman and I loved her like a second mother.
Actually Susan Kohner played Sarah Jane.......her mother was black, her father is never shown, and she was high mulatto
I cry at the end of this movie every time, it is wrenching!
Lana turner plays Sandra Dee’s mom in this.
You’re correct. As soon as I sent the message, I realized my error. It was a very thoughtful movie, not fancy, and probably did not have a big budget either.
One of my late mother’s favorite movies. She was excellent in her role.
We all do that :)
Btw that’s Troy Donohue who flips out and beats up Sara Jane when he finds out she lied
This is not my favorite movie, although I still sob at the end
My favorite of this genre is.....A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
This movie was one which I did a film analysis on for a Communication in Cultures class. It was full of stereotypes and Annie’s daughter was ashamed of her “black” mother - not her white one. She had internalized racism. It was a white man’s world then and she knew it. Remember, this movie was put out before civil rights legislation was passed.
Amen about a Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but Imitation of Life was a TWO KLEENEX BOX-er!!!
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