Imitation of Life (1959) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Douglas Sirk and produced by Ross Hunter.
Sirk's beautifully composed remake of the 1934 Colbert melodrama. If anything, Turner makes a more icily perfect star for the story of a driven actress whose passion for the stage drains her of time and affection for her daughter (Dee), who grows up mostly in the company of her warm maid (Moore) and the maid's daughter (Kohner). Both mothers come into conflict with their daughters: Turner and Dee compete for the attention of Gavin, and Moore finds that Kohner has been passing as white. No one else in Hollywood handled this kind of material as well as Sirk.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Academy Awards 1959 --- Ceremony Number 32 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actress||Susan Kohner||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Juanita Moore||Nominated|
Imitation of Life(1959).By Dawn Sample on Nov 4, 2012 From Noir and Chick Flicks
Imitation of Life(1959). Directed by Douglas Sirk. Cast: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee, Dan O'Herlihy, Susan Kohner, Robert Alda and Juanita Moore as Annie Johnson. Kohner and Moore received Academy Award nominations for their performances. Gospel music star Mahalia Jackson appears as a church... Read full article
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Lana Turner took a much smaller salary, than her usual $25,000 per week and worked for 50% of the film's profits, which earned her over $2 million (setting a record for an actress at the time).
Douglas Sirk's last Hollywood film before he retired back to his native Germany.
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