R.I.P. Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore, who broke barriers for African-American actors and was Oscar-nommed for 1959′s “Imitation of Life,” died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. Her grandson, actor Kirk Kahn, said she was 99.

Moore received a supporting actress nomination for Douglas Sirk’s “Imitation of Life,” playing the housekeeper whose daughter passes for white, in the racially themed film that was based on the Fannie Hurst novel. She was the fifth African-American to be Oscar-nommed.

Kahn said she was still running lines with him recently, and had planned to participate in a reading at the Saban Theater in a few weeks. “She didn’t candy-coat it for you,” he said. “She said, ‘If you’re no good, the play’s no good.’”

“She gave back to the community in so many ways,” he said. “Wherever we went she stopped and told black boys and girls they could do anything with their lives.”

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16 thoughts on “R.I.P. Juanita Moore

  1. I just learned of Juanita Moores and James Averys deaths by coming here just now. I liked the movie of The Imitation of Life. Yeah, its a tearjerker, but that’s the point. My mother, sister and I were watching this movie years ago, and I remember my mother saying, Yeah, that’s what happens in real life. Which is so true. This is what happens when people hate themselves. I wish more people of color could see this movie so that they can see the tragic results of self-hatred. I didn’t know that Juanita Moore received an Oscar nod for this movie — she definitely deserved it. I am glad that she told Black children that they could achieve anything. May she and James Avery rest in peace.

  2. Wow…I had no idea that she was still alive. Still, it’s great that she was able to live 99 years of life. Not a lot of people can say that these days.

    Although it was a very old movie, I loved Imitation Of Life. It was good but sad at the same time. Mrs.Moore knew she could act. When her TV wronged her to pass as a White girl ,I felt her pain, though it was a fictional movie I felt her pain as she yearned for her daughter to acknowledge her as her Black mom. It also hurt me when Mahalia Jackson was singing a sad song (I forget the name of it) during her funeral.. on the movie . Nobody will every be like Juanita Moore .She’s definitely a one of a kind actress. My condolences goes out to her.

  3. Juanita Moore. what an actress, what a talent, and moreover what a 100% lady! She truly was (and still remains) the heart and soul of “Imitation of Life”, and though there is another version that sprang up around that time, her mark shall always be the “Gold Standard” that any and every other actor/actress shall have an incredibly hard time to try and measure uP to! ! !

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