Imitation of Life (1959)


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Drama, Romance
2h 5min


Lana Turner
Lora Meredith
John Gavin
Steve Archer
Sandra Dee
Susie (16)
Susan Kohner
Sarah Jane (18)
Robert Alda
Allen Loomis
Dan O'Herlihy
David Edwards
Juanita Moore
Annie Johnson
Karin Dicker
Sarah Jane (8)
John Vivyan
Young man
Lee Goodman
Sandra Gould
David Tomack
Mr. McKenney
Jack Weston
Stage manager
Billy House
Fat Man on Beach
Mahalia Jackson
Choir Soloist
Bess Flowers
Geraldine Moore
Frank Baker
Party Guest
Alex Ball
Audience Member
George Barrows
Furniture Mover
Chet Brandenburg
Man at Coney Island
Teddy Buckner
Marching Band Member
Steve Carruthers
Actor at Audition
Paul Cristo
Show Spectator
Joe Darensbourg
Marching Band Member
Mike De Lay
Marching Band Member
Elinor Donahue
Lora's Friend
Adolf Eichmann
Himself (Archive Footage)
Cicely Evans
Louis Morton
Myrna Fahey
Iris Dawn
George Ford
Show Spectator
Eddie Parker
Cop at Funeral
Waclaw Rekwart
Restaurant Patron
Cosmo Sardo
Audience Member
Jeffrey Sayre
Audience Member
Cap Somers
Truck Driver
Ted Thorpe
Dog Owner
Napoleon Whiting
Kenneth, Lora's Butler


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.

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