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Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) has a painful encounter with her mother, Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore).
Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) has a painful encounter with her mother, Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore).
Young Sarah Jane (Karin Dicker) moves in with widow Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) and her daughter Susie (Terry Burnham), while Sarah Jane's mother Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) serves as nanny.
Young Sarah Jane (Karin Dicker) moves in with widow Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) and her daughter Susie (Terry Burnham), while Sarah Jane's mother Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) serves as nanny.
Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) gazes fondly at her star-struck daughter, Susie (Sandra Dee).
Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) gazes fondly at her star-struck daughter, Susie (Sandra Dee).
Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) has a disturbing revelation for her boyfriend, Frankie (Troy Donahue).
Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner) has a disturbing revelation for her boyfriend, Frankie (Troy Donahue).

Thumbnail for Imitation of Life (1959) Imitation of Life (1959)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: Romance FilmGenre: romance film, drama filmNarrative location: New York City, New YorkRuntime: 124 - 125 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: California, Los AngelesDirector: Douglas SirkScreenwriter: Allan Scott, Eleanore Griffin, Fannie HurstBased on: Imitation of Life (novel)Music: Frank SkinnerCinematography: Russell MettyStars: Lana Turner, Sandra Dee, John Gavin, Juanita Moore, Robert Alda, Susan Kohner, Dan O'Herlihy, Troy Donahue, Mahalia Jackson, Karin Dicker Producer: Ross HunterAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Juanita Moore)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Susan Kohner)
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

Imitation of Life is a 1959 American romantic drama film directed by Douglas Sirk, produced by Ross Hunter and released by Universal Pictures, starring Lana Turner and John Gavin. It was Sirk's final Hollywood film and dealt with issues of race, class and gender. The cast also features Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda and Juanita Moore as Annie Johnson. Kohner and Moore received Academy Award nominations for their performances. Gospel music star Mahalia Jackson appears as a church choir soloist. The film is an adaptation of Fannie Hurst's novel of the same name. It is the second film adaptation of the novel. The first film was released in 1934.


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