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‘Imitation of Life’ actress, Juanita Moore, dies at 99

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Oscar-nominated actress Juanita Moore, the fifth black performer to receive the coveted nod for her role in the cult classic Imitation of Life (1959), has died. Her grandson, actor Kirk Kelleykahn, said she collapsed and died New Year’s Day at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn.

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In addition to playing Lana Turner’s black friend and a mother raising a daughter passing for white in the the film, the Los Angeles native enjoyed an active career. She got her start in the creative arts as a chorus girl in New York’s Cotton Club, was a thespian (The Amen Corner on Broadway and Raisin in the Sun in London) and a member of the celebrated Cambridge Players with other performers including Esther Rolle and Helen Martin. She also joined the Ebony theater.

Other film and TV credits include “The Singing Nun”, “The Kid,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour”, “Adam-12”, “Judging Amy” and “ER” among others.




2 Comments

  1. MISSYCAT on January 5, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I WATCH THAT MOVIE OVER AND OVER EVERYTIME THE TMC CHANNEL AIRS IT BECAUSE IT WAS A GREAT GREAT MOVIE THATS WHEN MOVIES WAS MOVIE’S AND I’M GLAD TO SEE HER LIVE AS LONG AS SHE DID SUCH A BEAUTIFUL LADY WE WILL MISS U AS WELL AS JAMES AVERY AKA UNCLE PHIL IF FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR

  2. kelly on March 19, 2014 at 12:24 am

    i feel like the lady in the movie died all over again when i heard this i watch that movie when i was 8 for the first time that movie was already 16 years old by the time i saw it … and i loved it , i cried everytime on that end …. of the movie ..this movie teaches a major lesson about love and acceptance of your familie … no one is above anyone .when it comes to your familie …she was a great actress she played that role to perfection , i really was believeing she was that chractor and lana turner ommmg she was also brillieant …just brilliant 2 great ladies dead and gone now .. rip juantia