awards & nominations

Imitation of Life (1959)

Susan Kohner as "Sarah Jane, age 18"

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

Academy Award (1959)NominatedActress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1959)WonBest Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture