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Imitation of Life

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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  • Douglas Sirk


  • Lana Turner
  • John Gavin
  • Juanita Moore
  • Sandra Dee
  • Dan O'Herlihy
  • Robert Alda
  • Susan Kohner
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Karen Dicker
  • Terry Burnham
  • John Vivyan
  • Lee Goodman
  • Ann Robinson
  • Troy Donahue
  • Sandra Gould
  • Joel Fluellen
  • Jack Weston
  • Billy House
  • Maida Severn
  • Than Wyenn
  • Peg Shirley
  • George Barrows
  • Paul Bradley
  • Myrna Fahey
  • Bess Flowers
  • Eddie Parker
  • Napoleon Whiting
  • David Tomack


  • Allan Scott
  • Eleanore Griffin
  • Fannie Hurst


  • Ross Hunter

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