| Lora hires Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) as her live-in maid, and Annie brings along her light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner). Susan Kohner, who played Sarah Jane, actually steals the show. Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Release date, April 30, 1959. Imitation of Life told the story of Sarah Jane, a light-skinned Black girl (both of her parents were Black) who could pass for white, and was played by Susan Kohner. She is best known for her role as Sarah Jane in Imitation of Life (1959), for which she was nominated for an Oscar and won two Golden Globe awards. After We Collided nabbed the #1 spot in our top trailers of 2020. In her most notable role, Kohner played Sarah Jane in Imitation of Life, portraying a light-skinned black woman who "passes" as white. Annie was a widow. When Susan Kohner, the actress that played Sarah Jane, was asked about playing her role, she stated, â I never had qualms about playing a black character because prior to my Imitation role, I played other ethnic charactersâ (Schuler). The 1959 film was a remake of aâ 1934â version of a bookâ ofâ theâ sameâ name. She played an African-American woman (of mixed ancestry) who passed for white for a time in her life. Karin Dicker was born on December 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Karin Dale Dicker. Filming & Production The expensive, glossy Rossâ Hunter production, directed by Douglasâ Sirk and starring Lanaâ Turner, was a box office smash. She is an actress, known for Imitation of Life (1959), This Man Dawson (1959) and Lassie (1954). Lora ends up having great success and takes care of both girls and of Annie financially. In 1959 Douglas Sirk fooled audiences into thinking they were watching a melodrama about Lana Turner conquering Broadway. Most of Kohner's film roles came during the late 1950s and early 1960s, including co-starring with Salâ Mineo in both Dino (1957) and Theâ Geneâ Krupaâ Story(1959). Juanita Moore beautifully portrayed Annieâs heartbreak and a motherâs unconditional love. Imitation of Life (1934) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. 'Imitation of of Life', is one of my all time favorite movies. | (uncredited), Peola Johnson, Age 10 (uncredited), Japanese Customer in Pancake Shop (uncredited), Peola's Frontrow Classmate Release Dates Paul Kohner was Susan Kohner's father in real life, a major Hollywood agent whose clients included Lana Turner. There are a few scenes that are tear jerkers, so you might want to keep the tissues handy. With the help of â¦ She has been married to Steven C. Sarott since July 1, 1997. When attempting to cross ethnic barriers, there are gains for the person who decides to attempt to pass. Directed by Douglas Sirk Produced by Ross Hunter in 1959. She played a light-skinned black woman who "passed" for white as a child and young adult. (uncredited), Jackson's Restaurant Manager Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. In her most notable role, Kohner played Sarah Jane in Imitationâ ofâ Life, portraying an African-American woman who "passes" as white. 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. (uncredited), Young Woman at Party Lank Turner (Loraâ¦ This critique discusses the 1959 version of Imitation of Life directed by Douglas Sirk. Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, TCM RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: BLACK IMAGES ON FILM, Englishman at Party No one played Sarah Jane's father in Imitation of Life. Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. A quick plot summary â aspiring actress Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) lives alone with her daughter, Susie (Sandra Dee). Susan Kohner (born November 11, 1936) is an American actress, who worked in film and television. Official Sites The expensive, glossy Ross Hunter production, directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner, was a box office smash. Thank you :) Amanda (born November 11, 1936) is an American former actress who worked in film and television. The so-called "one-drop rule" was enacted into American state laws in the early 20th century. In addition, Koâ¦ (uncredited), Jessie Pullman, Age 8 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. In 1947, single mother Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) dreams of becoming a famous Broadway actress. The 1959 film was a remake of a 1934 version of a book of the same name. (uncredited), makeup artist: Claudette Colbert (uncredited). Karin Dicker was born on December 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Karin Dale Dicker. Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. Sarah Jane Johnson is Annie Johnson's daughter; Annie is black, and Annie describes Sarah Jane's father as being a very, very light-skinned black man. Her characterâs life spirals out of control as she makes one bad decision after another. (uncredited), Peola Johnson, Age 4 In Imitation of Life, Sarah Jane was the daughter of a black housekeeper, who wanted to pass as a white female. 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. Kohnerâs mother was Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and father Czech producer/agent Paul Kohner. (uncredited), Party Guest Saying Goodbye 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.