Imitation of Life

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.

  • Allan Scott
  • Fannie Hurst
  • Eleanore Griffin
  • Douglas Sirk
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  • Release Date: 1959-10-02
  • Language: English
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 125

Robert Alda

Allen Loomis

Bess Flowers

Geraldine Moore

Jeffrey Sayre

Audience Member

Lana Turner

Lora Meredith

John Gavin

Steve Archer

Sandra Dee

Susie (16)

Susan Kohner

Sarah Jane (18)

Dan O'Herlihy

David Edwards

Juanita Moore

Annie Johnson

Ann Robinson


Troy Donahue


Sandra Gould


Joel Fluellen


Jack Weston

Stage manager

Billy House

Fat Man on Beach

Than Wyenn


Mahalia Jackson

Choir Soloist

Frank Baker

Party Guest

George Barrows

Furniture Mover

Chet Brandenburg

Man at Coney Island

Steve Carruthers

Actor at Audition

Elinor Donahue

Lora's Friend

Cicely Evans

Louis Morton

Myrna Fahey

Iris Dawn

Joseph Mell


Eddie Parker

Cop at Funeral

Cosmo Sardo

Audience Member

Napoleon Whiting

Kenneth, Lora's Butler
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