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Imitation of Life
Living a lie is a poor substitute for living the truth - sometimes it takes the harsh realities of life to help us discover who we truly are. The legendary Lana Turner stars in this 1959 version of Fannie Hurst's emotionally charged drama, which chronicles two widows and their troubled daughters as they struggle to find true happiness amidst racial prejudice. Lana Turner plays Lora, a single white mother whose Hollywood starlet ambitions come at the expense of any meaningful relationship with her daughter, Susie (Sandra Dee). Lora's black housekeeper, Annie (Juanita Moore), has troubles of her own as she faces the rejection of her own fair-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner), who abandons her heritage for a chance to be accepted as white. As years of selfishness and denial pass, tragedy strikes and forces the women to come to terms with their own identities. Moore and Kohner were both Oscar(R)-nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" for their stirring performances. This lavish production, directed by Douglas Sirk (MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION), was a critical and commercial success, and today remains both a testament to its time and a beloved Hollywood classic.
Drama
125 min
1959
NR
Universal Studios
English
VUDU Community
4.5
TOMATOMETER
83%
Cast & Crew
 
Douglas Sirk
Douglas Sirk
Director
Lana Turner
Lana Turner
Lora Meredith
John Gavin
John Gavin
Steve Archer
Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore
Annie Johnson
Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee
Susie, age 16
Dan O'Herlihy
Dan O'Herlihy
David Edwards
Robert Alda
Robert Alda
Allen Loomis
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner
Sarah Jane, age 18
Mahalia Jackson
Mahalia Jackson
Choir Soloist
Karen Dicker
Karen Dicker
Sarah Jane, age 8
Terry Burnham
Terry Burnham
Susie, age 6
John Vivyan
John Vivyan
Young Man
Ann Robinson
Ann Robinson
Show Girl
Troy Donahue
Troy Donahue
Frankie
Sandra Gould
Sandra Gould
Annette
Joel Fluellen
Joel Fluellen
Minister
Jack Weston
Jack Weston
Stage Manager
Billy House
Billy House
Fat Man
Than Wyenn
Than Wyenn
Romano
George Barrows
George Barrows
Furniture Mover
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
Geraldine Moore
Paul Bradley
Paul Bradley
Preston Mitchell
Ross Hunter
Ross Hunter
Producer
Fannie Hurst
Fannie Hurst
Book Author
Eleanore Griffin
Eleanore Griffin
Screenwriter
Allan Scott
Allan Scott
Screenwriter