Imitation Of Life

Synopsis: Aspiring actress Lora Meredith meets Annie Johnson, a homeless black woman at Coney Island and soon they share a tiny apartment. Each woman has an intolerable daughter, though, Annie's little girl Sarah Jane, is by far the worse. Neurotic and obnoxious, Sarah Jane doesn't like being black; since she's light-skinned (her father was practically white), she spends the rest of the film passing as white, much to her mother's heartache and shame. Lora, meanwhile, virtually ignores her own daughter in a single-minded quest for stardom.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Douglas Sirk
Production: Universal Studios
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

can only be for tonight.

Oh, I understand,

Miss Lora.

There must be plenty of jobs

for a woman like you.

But people won't take in

a woman with a child.

And no matter what, I won't

be separated from my baby.

Hurry up, Mother.

I want to show Sarah Jane

my dolls!

Well, all right.

There's a little place

off the kitchen.

But you could, uh,

hardly call it a room.

Oh, it'll do

for Sarah Jane and me.

And the kitchen,

we can make use of that too.

I'll get you some

pillows and blankets.

Thank you.

Here, Sarah Jane,

you can have Nancy.

It's a present.

Mommy just got it for me.

I want that one.

Frieda's my friend.

I've had her all my life.




She took my doll!


Sarah Jane.

Where are your manners?

Now give it back.

I don't want the black one.

I'll take those.

It's been a long day

and they're both tired

and cranky.

Yes, Miss Lora.

Everything will be all right.

Come on, come on.

Come on.

I don't wanna

live in the back.

Why do we always have

to live in the back?

Shh, honey.

Thank you, Mr. McKinney.

Shh. Good-bye.


Good morning, darling.

Good morning,

Sarah Jane.

I want a kiss too.

Well, of course.

Annie said we had to be quiet

until you got up.

Now we can talk out loud.

Now we can even scream.


Children! What...

Oh, good morning,

Miss Lora.

Good morning.

How are you

this morning?

Just fine.

I'd love some coffee.

Well, Annie, you shouldn't

have done my laundry.

I like taking care

of pretty things.

Thank you.


Where did they come from?

The milkman was here

a minute ago.

I told him to leave

your regular order.

Oh, no. He didn't come

to leave my order. He stopped

doing that two weeks ago.

May I?

Thank you.

He wanted to collect

something on his bill.

Didn't say anything

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Eleanore Griffin

Eleanore Griffin (1904–1995) was an American screenwriter who worked in Hollywood. She is best known for co-writing the film Boys Town, which she won an Oscar for in 1938. Griffin worked on and wrote for over 20 different Hollywood films between 1937 and 1964. more…

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