Imitation of Life (1959)

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

Directing:
  • Douglas Sirk

Writing:
  • Allan Scott
  • Eleanore Griffin
  • Fannie Hurst

Stars:
Release Date: 1959-04-30
TMDb: 7.5/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 125
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
Geraldine Moore
Troy Donahue
Troy Donahue
Frankie
Lana Turner
Lana Turner
Lora Meredith
Robert Alda
Robert Alda
Allen Loomis
Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore
Annie Johnson
Sandra Gould
Sandra Gould
Receptionist
John Gavin
John Gavin
Steve Archer
Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee
Susie (16)
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
Sarah Jane (18)
Dan O'Herlihy
Dan O'Herlihy
David Edwards
Terry Burnham
Terry Burnham
Susie (6)
Ann Robinson
Ann Robinson
Showgirl
Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jacks...
Choir Soloist
Billy House
Billy House
Fat Man on Beach
Jack Weston
Jack Weston
Stage manager
Joel Fluellen
Joel Fluellen
Minister
Peg Shirley
Peg Shirley
Fay
Frank Baker
Frank Baker
Party Guest
George Barrows
George Barrow...
Furniture Mover
Chet Brandenburg
Chet Brandenb...
Man at Coney Island
Steve Carruthers
Steve Carruth...
Actor at Audition
Richard Collier
Richard Colli...
McKinney
Elinor Donahue
Elinor Donahu...
Lora's Friend
Cicely Evans
Cicely Evans
Louis Morton
Myrna Fahey
Myrna Fahey
Iris Dawn
Nelson Leigh
Nelson Leigh
Doctor
Eddie Parker
Eddie Parker
Cop at Funeral
Cosmo Sardo
Cosmo Sardo
Audience Member
Jeffrey Sayre
Jeffrey Sayre
Audience Member
Cap Somers
Cap Somers
Truck Driver
Napoleon Whiting
Napoleon Whit...
Kenneth, Lora's Butler
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