Imitation of Life

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Overview

Lora Meredith (Lana Turner), a white single mother who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore), a black widow. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Suzie (Sandra Dee), while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Suzie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner), struggles with her African-American identity.

  1. Allan Scott

    Screenplay

  2. Douglas Sirk

    Director

  3. Eleanore Griffin

    Screenplay

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  1. Lana Turner

    Lana Turner

    Lora Meredith

  2. Juanita Moore

    Juanita Moore

    Annie Johnson

  3. John Gavin

    John Gavin

    Steve Archer

  4. Sandra Dee

    Sandra Dee

    Susie

  5. Susan Kohner

    Susan Kohner

    Sarah Jane, age 18

  6. Robert Alda

    Robert Alda

    Allen Loomis

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 5m

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Homepage -

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  • April 30, 1959
    Theatrical

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