(uncredited), Teacher Outside Classroom In 1959 Douglas Sirk fooled audiences into thinking they were watching a melodrama about Lana Turner conquering Broadway. (uncredited), Young Man Proposing Toast (uncredited), Peola Johnson, Age 10 Juanita Moore beautifully portrayed Annie’s heartbreak and a mother’s unconditional love. Her character’s life spirals out of control as she makes one bad decision after another. Directed by Douglas Sirk Produced by Ross Hunter in 1959. (uncredited), Mr. Bristol, Landlord (uncredited), Jessie Pullman, Age 8 Annie was a widow. | Imitation of Life (1959) The last film in Hollywood of director Douglas Sirk (Written on the Wind), the 1959 Imitation of Life--an adaptation of Fannie Hurst's novel--is an endlessly fascinating film that speaks volumes about the American journey toward materialism and the racial tensions that are inseparable from it. No one played Sarah Jane's father in Imitation of Life. The casts of characters include; Lank Turner (Lora Meredith), Juanita Moore(Annie Johnson), Susan Kohner(Sarah Jane), Sandra Dee(Susie), John Gavin (Steve Archer). She was so conformable playing these roles because she was biracial herself. Release date, April 30, 1959. Both Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the movie. See which other trailers racked up the views this year. Karin Dicker was born on December 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Karin Dale Dicker. Meanwhile, Susie has been found and looked after by Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore), who is also a single mother with a daughter, Sarah Jane (portrayed as a child by Karin Dicker), who is about Susie's age. Susan Kohner, who played Sarah Jane, actually steals the show. The 1959 film was a re­make of a 1934 ver­sion of a book of the same name. She is an actress, known for, Once a Star Always a Star: Turner's Scandals on TCM, Sirk Offers Gaudy Social Commentaries: You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Remember, 5 Things You May Not Know About Douglas Sirk's 'Imitation Of Life,' 53 Years Since Since It Was First Released, Women's Day: Oscar-Nominated Mother-and-Daughter Roles. (uncredited), Peola's Frontrow Classmate The 1959 film was a remake of a 1934 version of a book of the same name. (uncredited), makeup artist: Claudette Colbert (uncredited). Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. | She played an African-American woman (of mixed ancestry) who passed for white for a time in her life. She played a light-skinned black woman who "passed" for white as a child and young adult. Official Sites (uncredited), Japanese Customer in Pancake Shop Juanita Moore, who broke barriers for African-American actors and was Oscar-nommed for 1959's "Imitation of Life," died Tuesday at her home in … Kohner’s mother was Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and father Czech producer/agent Paul Kohner. "Woof Woof! Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. The ex­pen­sive, glossy Ross Hunter pro­duc­tion, di­rected by Dou­glas Sirk and star­ring Lana Turner, was a box of­fice smash. Lora hires Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) as her live-in maid, and Annie brings along her light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner). The expensive, glossy Ross Hunter production, directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner, was a box office smash. With the help of … In her most no­table role, Kohner played Sarah Jane in Im­i­ta­tion of Life, por­tray­ing an African-Amer­i­can woman who "passes" as white. Karin Dicker was born on December 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Karin Dale Dicker. Though not Black, Susan Kohner portrayed Sarah Jane.