Imitation of Life

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Released 1959

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Director:
Douglas Sirk
Released:
1959
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Imitation of Life is a 1959 American film and is the second film adaptation of the novel by the same name written by Fannie Hurst. This emotionally charged Hollywood classic drama follows the story of two widows and their daughters of different races who struggle to find happiness amidst racial prejudice. Lora Meredeith (Lana Turner) is single mother and aspiring actress who puts her career goals before her daughter's needs. Lora's great friend and housekeeper is Annie (Juanita Moore), an African American single mother of Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner). Sarah Jane is, unlike her mother, very fair skinned and tries desperately to be accepted as while. The women struggle with love, careers, and to find their own identity. When tragedy strikes they must all come to terms with their denial and selfishness. This production was a critical and commercial success. Moore and Kohner were both Oscar-nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" for their performances.

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