Imitation of Life

Imitation of Life (1959)

Fannie Hurst's best selling novel of today's tormented generation!

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1959-10-02
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 168 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 5min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Universal International Pictures
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director:
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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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    Editing Milton Carruth Editor
    Sound Henry Mancini Original Music Composer
    Sound Glenn E. Anderson Sound
    Sound Leslie I. Carey Sound
    Production Norman Deming Production Manager
    Costume & Make-Up Jean Louis Costume Designer
    Crew Clifford Stine Special Effects
    Art Alexander Golitzen Art Direction
    Art Richard H. Riedel Art Direction
    Art Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration
    Art Julia Heron Set Decoration
    Camera Russell Metty Director of Photography
    Costume & Make-Up Del Armstrong Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Bill Thomas Costume Designer
    Costume & Make-Up Larry Germain Hairstylist
    Costume & Make-Up Bud Westmore Makeup Artist
    Sound Paul Francis Webster Songs
    Sound Frank Skinner Original Music Composer
    Writing Eleanore Griffin Screenplay
    Production Ross Hunter Producer
    Art Wayne Fitzgerald Title Designer
    Directing Douglas Sirk Director
    Sound Joseph Gershenson Music Supervisor
    Writing Fannie Hurst Novel
    Costume & Make-Up LaVaughn Speer Hairstylist
    Sound Sammy Fain Songs
    Writing Allan Scott Screenplay
    Directing Frank Shaw Assistant Director
    Sound Earl Grant Theme Song Performance
    Costume & Make-Up Lynn F. Reynolds Makeup Artist
    Costume & Make-Up Nick Marcellino Makeup Artist
    Sound Joe Lapis Sound
    Directing Wilson Shyer Assistant Director
    Costume & Make-Up Pat Westmore Hairstylist
    Crew Don Morgan Unit Publicist
    Sound Ethmer Roten Musician
    Costume & Make-Up Martha Bunch Wardrobe Master
    Camera Eddie Pyle Camera Operator
    Camera Ledge Haddow Assistant Camera
    Lighting Max Nippell Gaffer
    Art Robert Laszlo Props
    Camera Charles Cowie Grip
    Camera Rollie Lane Still Photographer
    Camera Roy Vaughn Assistant Camera
    Costume & Make-Up Rydo Loshak Wardrobe Master
    Costume & Make-Up Rosamonde Lytele Wardrobe Master
    Directing Luanna Sherman Script Supervisor
    Sound Henry Janssen Sound