Groundbreaking Actress Juanita Moore Passes At Age 99

Jaunita Moore

Juanita Moore broke new ground in acting. At 99 years old, we say goodbye to the Academy Award nominated actress who portrayed Lana Turner’s black friend in the classic “Imitiation of Life.” 

The wire service stated “actor Kirk Kelleykahn, her grandson, said that Moore collapsed and died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 99, according to Kelleykahn. Accounts of her age have differed over the years.”

“a pioneering African American actress.” She was “only the fifth African American ever to receive an Academy Award nomination, a rare honor in a racially divided era when actors of color seldom claimed rewarding roles.” Imitation of Life, the Times says, “is a subversive masterwork of socially conscious cinema that gained a cultish popularity in later years.”

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