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Imitation of Life (1959)

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This is a tear-jerking melodrama about a single mother who hires a black woman to care for her child. The film subverts Hollywood conventions to create a bitter critique of American racism and capitalism.


  • Lana Turner
  • John Gavin
  • Sandra Dee
  • Susan Kohner
  • Robert Alda
  • Dan O'Herlihy
  • Juanita Moore
  • Karin Dicker
  • Terry Burnham
  • John Vivyan

Did You Know?


  • Natalie Wood was considered for the part played by Susan Kohner.
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  • Susan Kohner's bedroom clock radio is unplugged throughout both its scenes, although she switches it on to music in the second scene.
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    • Lora Meredith: Well, I'm going up and up and up - and nobody's going to pull me down!
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