Imitation of Life (1959)

Director
Douglas Sirk

Main cast
Lana Turner; Juanita Moore; John Gavin; Sandra Dee; Susan Kohner

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
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.


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