Juanita Moore plays Annie Johnson, a hard-working and giant-hearted woman whose fierce devotion to her young daughter's happiness impels incredible self-sacrifice. Oscars Nomination, Black Actresses, Hollywood Living, Annie Johnson, Juanita Moore, 1959 Version, Life 1959, Daughters Happy, Imitation Of Life
Imitation Of Life (1934 w/Louis Beavers & Claudette Colbert & 1959 w/Juanita Moore & Lana Turner). Highly recommend both. I saw the '59 version when I was 10 or 11-my first realization of the concept of "passing." Saw the '34 version as an adult & saw it in a much different light. Love them both for different reasons. Just watch it.
Juanita Moore (October 19, 1914 – January 1, 2014) was an American film, television, and stage actress. She was the fifth African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category, and the third in the Supporting Actress category at a time when only a single African American had won an Oscar. Her most famous role was as Annie Johnson in the movie Imitation of Life (1959).
Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944) was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. She was noticed by Fanny Brice who promoted her. Vélez soon entered films, making her first appearance in 1924. By the end of the decade she had progressed to leading roles. With the advent of talking pictures Vélez acted in comedies, but she became disappointed with her film career, and moved to New York...
Dorothy Dandridge (1922 - 1965) was an American actress and popular singer. She was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress with her leading role in Carmen Jones. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, for her performance in Porgy and Bess, 1959.