Imitation of Life

Release Date:
Apr 17, 1959
Running Time:
2:04
Genre:
Drama
Director:
Douglas Sirk
Cast:
Lana Turner Lora Meredith
John Gavin Steve Archer
Sandra Dee Susie, age 16
Dan O'Herlihy David Edwards
Susan Kohner Sarah Jane, age 18
Robert Alda Allen Loomis
Juanita Moore Annie Johnson
Mahalia Jackson Choir soloist
Troy Donahue Frankie
Producers:
Ross Hunter
Writers:
Eleanore Griffin, Fannie Hurst, Allan Scott
Language:
English

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Imitation of Life

Lora Meredith, a white single mother who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black widow. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Suzie, 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, struggles with her African-American identity.

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