Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life (1959)


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.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Writers: Eleanore Griffin, Allan Scott.

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Score: 5.6/10 from 9 votes
Release Date: 1959-04-30
Status: Released
Run time: 125 min / 2:5
Production Company : Universal International Pictures (UI)
Production Country: United States of America


Lana Turner
as Lora Meredith
Juanita Moore
as Annie Johnson
John Gavin
as Steve Archer
Sandra Dee
as Susie
Susan Kohner
as Sarah Jane, age 18
Robert Alda
as Allen Loomis
Dan O'Herlihy
as David Edwards
Karin Dicker
as Sarah Jane, age 8
Terry Burnham
as Susie, age 6
John Vivyan
as Young man
Lee Goodman
as Photographer
Ann Robinson
as Showgirl
Troy Donahue
as Frankie
Sandra Gould
as Annette
Mahalia Jackson
as Choir Soloist
Bess Flowers
as Geraldine Moore
Billy House
as Fat man on beach
Jack Weston
as Stage manager


Writing Eleanore Griffin Screenplay
Camera Russell Metty Director of Photography
Sound Frank Skinner Music
Production Ross Hunter Producer
Directing Douglas Sirk Director
Writing Allan Scott Screenplay

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