Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life

"Fannie Hurst's best selling novel of today's tormented generation!"
  • NR
  • 1959
  • 2 hr 5 min
  • 7.9  (14,798)
  • 87

Two poor single mothers, each with one daughter, meet at Coney Island one day and form a household to benefit everyone. Struggling white actress Lora Meredith hires widowed black woman Annie Johnson, who is homeless. As the years pass, the housekeeper's light-complexioned daughter, Sarah Jane, grows up and rejects her mother, choosing to pass as a white woman. Meanwhile the self-absorbed actress suffers through a volatile relationship with her daughter, Susie. The tear-jerking melodrama stars Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Susan Kohner, Sandra Dee and John Gavin. Douglas Sirk directed it.

Imitation of Life
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Two poor single mothers, each with one daughter, meet at Coney Island one day and form a household to benefit everyone. Struggling white actress Lora Meredith hires widowed black woman Annie Johnson, who is homeless. As the years pass, the housekeeper's light-complexioned daughter, Sarah Jane, grows up and rejects her mother, choosing to pass as a white woman. Meanwhile the self-absorbed actress suffers through a volatile relationship with her daughter, Susie. The tear-jerking melodrama stars Lana Turner, Juanita Moore, Susan Kohner, Sandra Dee and John Gavin. Douglas Sirk directed it.

Imitation of Life is a 1959 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 5 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.9 and a MetaScore of 87.

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  • Release Date
    1959
  • MPAA Rating
    NR
  • Runtime
    2 hr 5 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (14,798)
  • Metascore
    87