Juanita Moore famous for her role in the film ‘Imitation of life’ died at the age of 99 years. The death reported on January 1st, 2014 occurred in Los Angeles. She was in her home at the time of death. She was an Oscar nominee for her role in the 1959 big-screen melodrama film.

Juanita in her younger days
Juanita in her younger days

Moore had featured in more than 30 films during her lifetime in acting was a recipient of an Academy award nomination. She was the fifth African-American to receive such a nomination. To receive the award, she had been the best supporting actor in her role as Annie Johnson. This was a housekeeper’s role where her daughter passed for a white in the film. Moore described her role as Annie as a very good role for her.

In shooting for the picture, she claimed to have cried a lot but the director, Douglas Sirk was quite patient with her. Subsequent roles in film involved a lot of door opening for white people according to an interview she did in 2005. She had reason to cry in the shooting. The conditions for black actors were not good back then and she was often nervous, maybe due to her youth. She claimed that it was easy for her to cry.

A scene from the film 'Imitation of Life'.
A scene from the film ‘Imitation of Life’.

A fellow actor and co-star in the film aptly described the feelings of most other Hollywood actors, saying he felt heartbroken since they often spoke to each other and were quite close.  She is survived by a grand-son and two nephews. Her husband died in 2001.

The American public and lovers of the old flicks will surely miss this adorable actress who won the hearts of many with her superb acting skills and her achievements over the years.

Fare thee well Moore, a lovely human being and a very good actress with a great sense of humour.


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