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). 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. Lora Meredith, a white widow who dreams of being on Broadway, has a chance encounter with Annie Johnson, a black single mother. Juanita Moore, who broke barriers for African-American actors and was Oscar-nommed for 1959's "Imitation of Life," died Tuesday at her home in â¦ (uncredited), Jackson's Restaurant Manager Written by Alfie Hitchie. 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 addition, Koâ¦ A quick plot summary â aspiring actress Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) lives alone with her daughter, Susie (Sandra Dee). See which other trailers racked up the views this year. In Imitation of Life, Sarah Jane was the daughter of a black housekeeper, who wanted to pass as a white female. (uncredited), makeup artist: Claudette Colbert (uncredited). She is an actress, known for Imitation of Life (1959), This Man Dawson (1959) and Lassie (1954). 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. The expensive, glossy Ross Hunter production, directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Lana Turner, was a box office smash. Company Credits After We Collided nabbed the #1 spot in our top trailers of 2020. (uncredited), Young Man Proposing Toast Annie becomes the caretaker of Lora's daughter, Susie, while Lora pursues her stage career. The expensive, glossy Rossâ Hunter production, directed by Douglasâ Sirk and starring Lanaâ Turner, was a box office smash. (uncredited), Young Woman at Party 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). In the 1959 film the role of Sarah Jane is played by actors Susan Kohner as Sarah Jane, age 19 and Karin Dicker as Sarah Jane, age 8 . Here are some of our picks to get you in the spirit. In 1959 Douglas Sirk fooled audiences into thinking they were watching a melodrama about Lana Turner conquering Broadway. Kohnerâs mother was Mexican actress Lupita Tovar and father Czech producer/agent Paul Kohner. She was so conformable playing these roles because she was biracial herself. | Susan Kohner, who played Sarah Jane, actually steals the show. "Woof Woof! Filming & Production (uncredited), Peola Johnson, Age 10 Karin Dicker was born on December 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Karin Dale Dicker. (uncredited), Peola's Frontrow Classmate Imitation of Life (1934) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. 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 a Golden Globe award. The so-called "one-drop rule" was enacted into American state laws in the early 20th century. This critique discusses the 1959 version of Imitation of Life directed by Douglas Sirk. Susan Kohner (born November 11, 1936) is an American actress, who worked in film and television. (uncredited), Mr. Bristol, Landlord Technical Specs, See agents for this cast & crew on IMDbPro, TCM RACE AND HOLLYWOOD: BLACK IMAGES ON FILM, Englishman at Party Lora hires Annie Johnson (Juanita Moore) as her live-in maid, and Annie brings along her light-skinned daughter, Sarah Jane (Susan Kohner). She played a light-skinned black woman who "passed" for white as a child and young adult. Prime Video has you covered this holiday season with movies for the family. No one played Sarah Jane's father in Imitation of Life. (uncredited), Party Guest Saying Goodbye Directed by Douglas Sirk Produced by Ross Hunter in 1959. Both Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the movie. She has been married to Steven C. Sarott since July 1, 1997. The 1959 film was a remake of aâ 1934â version of a bookâ ofâ theâ sameâ name. In 1947, single mother Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) dreams of becoming a famous Broadway actress. Thank you :) Amanda (born November 11, 1936) is an American former actress who worked in film and television. The casts of characters include; Lank Turner (Lora Meredith), Juanita Moore(Annie Johnson), Susan Kohner(Sarah Jane), Sandra Dee(Susie), John Gavin (Steve Archer). There are a few scenes that are tear jerkers, so you might want to keep the tissues handy. When attempting to cross ethnic barriers, there are gains for the person who decides to attempt to pass. Lank Turner (Loraâ¦ (uncredited), Teacher Outside Classroom In her most notable role, Kohner played Sarah Jane in Imitationâ ofâ Life, portraying an African-American woman who "passes" as white. She played an African-American woman (of mixed ancestry) who passed for white for a time in her life. 'Imitation of of Life', is one of my all time favorite movies. | Film literature describes Imitation Of Life as a passing film, which basically means that one of the characters in this film is pretending to be something he or she is not. Annie was a widow. Though not Black, Susan Kohner portrayed Sarah Jane. Juanita Moore beautifully portrayed Annieâs heartbreak and a motherâs unconditional love. With the help of â¦ 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. (uncredited), Jessie Pullman, Age 8 Karin Dicker. | Karin Dicker was born on December 22, 1947 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Karin Dale Dicker. 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. In her most notable role, Kohner played Sarah Jane in Imitation of Life, portraying a light-skinned black woman who "passes" as white. The 1959 film was a remake of a 1934 version of a book of the same name. (uncredited), Japanese Customer in Pancake Shop Official Sites Release Dates Paul Kohner was Susan Kohner's father in real life, a major Hollywood agent whose clients included Lana Turner. Losing track of her young daughter Susie (portrayed as a child by Terry Burnham) at a crowded Coney Island beach, she asks a stranger, Steve Archer (John Gavin), to help her find the girl. 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. Release date, April 30, 1959. | Lora ends up having great success and takes care of both girls and of Annie financially. (uncredited), Peola Johnson, Age 4 Her characterâs life spirals out of control as she makes one bad decision after another.