Imitation of Life

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Imitation of Life

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Imitation of Life

Release Date: October 02, 1959

Year    :   1959
Slogan    :   «Fannie Hurst's best selling novel of today's tormented generation!»
Genres    :   Drama, Romance
Production Companies    :   Universal International Pictures
Director    :   Douglas Sirk
Producers    :   Norman Deming, Ross Hunter
Writers    :   Eleanore Griffin, Fannie Hurst, Allan Scott
RunTime    :   125 mins.

Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. Both women deal with the difficulties of motherhood: Lora's thirst for fame threatens her relationship with Susie, while Annie's light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane, struggles with her African-American identity.

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