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Imitation of Life

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Original title
Imitation of Life
Year
Running time
124 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Eleanore Griffin, Allan Scott (Novel: Fannie Hurst)
Music
Frank Skinner
Cinematography
Russell Metty
Cast
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Producer
Universal Pictures
Genre
Drama | Melodrama
Synopsis / Plot
Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. Each woman has an intolerable daughter, though Annie's little girl Sarah Jane, is by far the worse. Neurotic and obnoxious, Sarah Jane doesn't like being black; since she's light-skinned (her father was practically white), she spends the rest of the film passing as white, much to her mother's heartache and shame. Lora, meanwhile, virtually ignores her own daughter in a single-minded quest for stardom.
Awards
1959: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Supporting Actresses (Kohner & Moore)
1959: Golden Globes: Best Supporting Actress (Susan Kohner). 2 Nominations
1959: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
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