Saturday, August 22, 2009

Juanita Moore 21 Agosto 2009 " Imitation of Life "


A second career has blossomed for former
singing star Juanita Moore with such power
and importance that her prior success as a
songstress is a certainly doomed to a secon-
dary role in the chronology of her accomplish -
ments in the entertainment world.

Hollywood`s crystal - gazers are certain
that with the release of Universal - International`s
" Imitation of Life ", Miss Moore will emerge as
one of filmdom`s most gifted dramatic actresses,
a projected talent that will not soon be forgotten.

More than 40 Negro actresses --among them
Pearl Bailey and Marian Anderson - were conside-
red by Producer Ross Hunter and Director Douglas
Sirk for the key role that first won fame for Louise
Beavers in the 1934 screen version of the classic
Fannie Hurst novel.

" When we interviewed Miss Moore , we knew our
search was over " Hunter said. " Even if she hadn`t
been an experienced performer , her sincerity ,
warmth and natural qualities would have won the role".

In " Imitation of Life," Juanita portrays a widowed
mother of a delinquent daughter who disowns her
parentage in an effort to pass as white. Lana Turner,
John Gavin , Sandra Dee , Susan Kohner, Robert Alda
and Dan O`Harrison also head the cast.

Juanita Moore was born in Los Angeles on October
19 , 1922 . Her parents , Harrison and Ella Moore, are
deceased. As a child Juanita remembers best her days
of working in her mother `s ice cream parlor.

" On days when I worked ," she recalls, " there was
very little net profit."

She was attending Jefferson High School when , at the
age of 15 , a mysterious malady left her paralyzed for
four months. Finally recovered, she went on the Los
Angeles City College where she studied drama and took
part in college theatricals.

Branching into night club work, Juanita gained rapid
success, appearing at New York`s Club Zanzibar, the
Palladium in London and Paris`s Moulin Rouge. It was
while she was in Paris that a friend urged her to combine
her singing with acting, and when World War II forced her
to leave France , she returned to the U. S. to seek dramatic

Her first break as an actress came when Nick and Edna
Stewart gave her an important part in their Ebony Showcase
production of Jean Paul Sastre`s " No Exit " in Los Angeles.
Film director Jean Negulesco saw her and gave her the part
of Maria in 20th Century - Fox ," Lydia Bailey ." In addition
to appearing on stage laterin " Take One Giant Step" and
"Anna Lucasta ," Juanita played featured screen roles in
" A Band of Angels," "Affair in Trinidad ," " The Girl Can`t
Help It " and " Something of Value."

She has also appeared on television , playing a superstitous
maid with Brian Aherne and Joanne Dru on a Climax drama.

" But none of these compare with the role I have in " Imita-
tion of Life," Juanita said. " To me , this is the break every
actress dreams of getting. "

Unmarried , Juanita now makes her home in Los Angeles in
a four - room apartment . Her leisure time is devoted to swim-
ming and " a sad game of golf ." She also devotes a great deal
of time to charitable work as president of Benevolent Variety
Artists, a group dedicated to helping needy show people .
She like to dance, play an occasional hand of pojer, and watch
TV westerns with her wirehaired terrier, Sir Charles. Musically ,
she plays piano , is a George Gershwin fan , and loves the music
of Duke Ellington . She likes Tennessee Williams and William Faul-
kner as authors, and the acting of Marlon Brando and Ingrid Berg-
man. She speaks conversational French , treasures a set of silver
more than 100 years old and considers winning the role of " Annie"
in " Imitation of Life " the most exciting event of her life.

BIRTHPLACE: Los Angeles , California
BIRTHDATE : October 19 , 1922
HEIGHT : 5 feet 6 inches

EYES : Brown
HAIR : Black

Lydia Bailey
A Band of Angels
Affair in Trinidad
The Girl Can`t Help It
Something of Value
Imitation of Life


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Director:Joselito Rodríguez
Writer:Joselito Rodríguez (writer)
Release Date: 29 August 1970 (Mexico) more
Genre:Drama | Romance
Cast (Credited cast)
Manuel López Ochoa
Martha Rangel
Titina Romay
Juanita Moore
Juanita Hernandez Mejia
Carlos Martínez Baena


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Director:Joselito Rodríguez
Writers:Félix B. Caignet (play)
Rogelio A. González (adaptation) (dialogue)
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Release Date: 19 November 1948 (Mexico) more
Genre:Drama more
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User Comments: Great, if compromising film. more
Cast (Cast overview, first billed only)
Pedro Infante ... José Carlos Ruiz
Emilia Guiú ... Ana Luisa de la Fuente
Rita Montaner ... Mercé
Titina Romay ... Belén
Chela Castro ... Isabel
Nicolás Rodríguez ... Father Francisco
María Douglas ... Malú del Rey
Antonio R. Frausto ... Laureano, theatre mogul
Juan Pulido ... Ildefonso Sánchez
Ramiro Gamboa ... Announcer
Óscar Pulido ... Barud, arab man
Chimi Monterrey ... Fernando Valdés
Sidney Flyers ... Skaters
María Victoria Llamas ... Girl
Pita Martínez ... Singer


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Date of Birth:31 March 1892, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba more
Date of Death:25 May 1976, Havana, Cuba more
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"O Direito de Nascer" (2001) TV series (radioplay)
"El derecho de nacer" (2001) TV series (unknown episodes)

"Cruz de nadie" (1994) TV series (writer)

"Morir para vivir" (1989) TV series (story)
"Pobre juventud" (1986) TV series (story)
"El derecho de nacer" (1981) TV series (original)

"O Direito de Nascer" (1978) TV series (radioplay)

"El derecho de nacer" (1966) TV series (radioplay) (1966)
El derecho de nacer (1966) (radioplay)
... aka The Right to Be Born (International: English title)
"O Preço de uma Vida" (1965) TV series (teleplay)
"O Direito de Nascer" (1964) TV series (unknown episodes)

Tesoro de Isla de Pinos (1956) (novel "Ángeles de la Calle")
Fuerza de los humildes (1955) (novella)
El monstruo en la sombra (1955) (story)
¿Mujer... o fiera? (1954) (story)
Los que no deben nacer (1953) (writer)
El derecho de nacer (1952) (radioplay)
... aka The Right to Be Born (International: English title)
"Los ángeles de la calle" (1952) TV series (novel)

Angelitos negros (1948) (play)

La serpiente roja (1937) (writer)
El monstruo en la sombra (1955) (producer)
El derecho de nacer (1952) ("Diente de coco")
... aka The Right to Be Born (International: English title)
19 October 1922, Los Angeles, California, USA more
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Mini Biography: African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 50's... more
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Awards: Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination more
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"Judging Amy" .... Katerine Barrantes (1 episode, 2001)
- One for the Road (2001) TV episode .... Katerine Barrantes
"ER" .... Mrs. Barnwell (1 episode, 2000)
- Flight of Fancy (2000) TV episode .... Mrs. Barnwell
The Kid (2000) .... Kenny's Grandmother
... aka Disney's The Kid (USA: complete title)

The Sterling Chase (1999) (voice) .... Grandma Jones
... aka Graduation Week (USA)

Two Moon Junction (1988) .... Delilah
O'Hara's Wife (1982) .... Ethel
Paternity (1981) .... Celia
"ABC Weekend Specials" .... Miss. Fletcher (1 episode, 1981)
- The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1981) TV episode .... Miss. Fletcher

"The Richard Pryor Show" (1 episode, 1977)
- Episode #1.2 (1977) TV episode
Joey (1977)
... aka Deliver Us from Evil (USA: new title)
"Ellery Queen" .... Mrs. Douglas (1 episode, 1976)
... aka "The Adventures of Ellery Queen"
- The Adventure of the Sunday Punch (1976) TV episode .... Mrs. Douglas
Fugitive Lovers (1975) .... Assemblywoman Griffith
... aka The Runaways
Abby (1974) .... Miranda 'Momma' Potter
... aka Possess My Soul
The Zebra Killer (1974)
... aka Combat Cops (UK) (USA: reissue title)
... aka Panic City
... aka The Get-Man (USA: new title)
Thomasine & Bushrod (1974) .... Pecolia
A Dream for Christmas (1973) (TV) .... Fannie Mitchell
"Marcus Welby, M.D." .... Grandmother (2 episodes, 1972-1973)
... aka "Robert Young, Family Doctor"
- Nguyen (1973) TV episode .... Grandmother
- Once There Was a Bantu Prince (1972) TV episode
Fox Style (1973)
The Mack (1973) .... Mother
... aka The Mack and His Pack
"Adam-12" .... Police Commissioner Edna Dixon (2 episodes, 1973)
- Clear with a Civilian: Part 2 (1973) TV episode .... Police Commissioner Edna Dixon
- Clear with a Civilian: Part 1 (1973) TV episode .... Police Commissioner Edna Dixon
"The Partners" .... Mrs. Robinson (1 episode, 1971)
- How Many Carats in a Grapefruit? (1971) TV episode .... Mrs. Robinson
Skin Game (1971) .... Viney (Calloway slave)
"Ironside" .... Melissa Babcock (1 episode, 1971)
... aka "The Raymond Burr Show" (USA: syndication title)
- Accident (1971) TV episode .... Melissa Babcock
"Mannix" .... Mrs. Davis (1 episode, 1970)
- Time Out of Mind (1970) TV episode .... Mrs. Davis
Angelitos negros (1970)

"The Bold Ones: The Lawyers" .... Emma Greenley (1 episode, 1969)
... aka "The Lawyers"
- The Crowd Pleaser (1969) TV episode .... Emma Greenley
The Whole World Is Watching (1969) (TV) .... Mrs. Harberson
Up Tight! (1968) .... Mama Wells
"Gentle Ben" .... Mama Jolie (1 episode, 1968)
- Mama Jolie (1968) TV episode .... Mama Jolie
Rosie! (1967) .... Nurse
"Dragnet 1967" .... Mrs. Esther Jenkins (1 episode, 1967)
... aka "Dragnet 1968" (USA: second season title)
... aka "Dragnet 1969" (USA: third season title)
... aka "Dragnet 1970" (USA: fourth season title)
... aka "Dragnet" (USA: syndication title)
- The Missing Realtor (1967) TV episode .... Mrs. Esther Jenkins
The Singing Nun (1966) .... Sister Mary
"Slattery's People" .... Millie (1 episode, 1965)
- Of Damon, Pythias and Sleeping Dogs (1965) TV episode .... Millie
"The Farmer's Daughter" .... Mrs. Penn (1 episode, 1965)
- Why Don't They Ever Pick Me? (1965) TV episode .... Mrs. Penn
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" .... Katie / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)
- Where the Woodbine Twineth (1965) TV episode .... Suse
- The Gentleman Caller (1964) TV episode .... Mrs. Jones
- The Lonely Hours (1963) TV episode .... Katie
"Mr. Novak" (1 episode, 1964)
- Boy Under Glass (1964) TV episode
"Ben Casey" .... Hettie (1 episode, 1964)
- August Is the Month Before Christmas (1964) TV episode .... Hettie
"77 Sunset Strip" .... Celia Jackson (1 episode, 1963)
- White Lie (1963) TV episode .... Celia Jackson
"Wagon Train" .... Essie (1 episode, 1963)
... aka "Major Adams, Trail Master"
- The Blane Wessels Story (1963) TV episode .... Essie
"Going My Way" .... Mrs. Green (1 episode, 1963)
- Run, Robin, Run (1963) TV episode .... Mrs. Green
Papa's Delicate Condition (1963) .... Ellie
A Child Is Waiting (1963) (uncredited) .... Julius' mother
Walk on the Wild Side (1962) .... Mama
"Cain's Hundred" .... Beatrice George (1 episode, 1962)
- Murder by Proxy (1962) TV episode .... Beatrice George
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" .... Cleo (1 episode, 1961)
- Bang! You're Dead (1961) TV episode .... Cleo
Tammy Tell Me True (1961) .... Della
"The DuPont Show with June Allyson" .... Rosanna (1 episode, 1960)
... aka "The June Allyson Show"
- Dark Fear (1960) TV episode .... Rosanna

Imitation of Life (1959) .... Annie Johnson
"The Thin Man" .... Catalina (1 episode, 1958)
- The Screaming Doll (1958) TV episode .... Catalina
The Green-Eyed Blonde (1957) (uncredited) .... Miss Randall
Bombers B-52 (1957) (uncredited) .... Clarissa, the Maid
... aka No Sleep Till Dawn (UK)
The Helen Morgan Story (1957) (uncredited) .... Lacey - Backstage Maid
... aka Both Ends of the Candle (UK)
... aka Why Was I Born? (USA: alternative title)
Band of Angels (1957) (uncredited) .... Budge
Something of Value (1957) (uncredited) .... Tribal Woman
... aka Africa Ablaze (USA: reissue title)
The Girl Can't Help It (1956) .... Hilda
The Opposite Sex (1956) (uncredited) .... Powder Room Attendant
Ransom! (1956) .... Shirley Lorraine
... aka Fearful Decision (USA)
Queen Bee (1955) (uncredited) .... Maid
Not as a Stranger (1955) (uncredited) .... Mrs. Clara Bassett
... aka Morton Thompson's Not as a Stranger (USA: complete title)
Lord of the Jungle (1955) (uncredited) .... Molu's Wife
"Soldiers of Fortune" .... Emala (1 episode, 1955)
- Walk Wide of Lions (1955) TV episode .... Emala
Women's Prison (1955) .... Polyclinic 'Polly' Jones
The Gambler from Natchez (1954) (uncredited) .... Yvette's Maid
Witness to Murder (1954) .... Hospital worker
"Ramar of the Jungle" .... Teesa (1 episode, 1953)
- Savage Challenge (1953) TV episode .... Teesa
Affair in Trinidad (1952) .... Dominique
Lydia Bailey (1952) (uncredited) .... Marie
Skirts Ahoy! (1952) (uncredited) .... Black drill team member
No Questions Asked (1951) (uncredited) .... Maid in women's lounge

Pinky (1949) (uncredited) .... Nurse

Lasting Legacy: An Imitation of Life (2008) (V)
Hollywood Legenden (2004) (TV) .... Herself
... aka Hollywood Legends (USA: literal English title)
Rita (2003) (TV) .... Herself
Lana Turner... a Daughter's Memoir (2001) (TV) .... Herself - Actress

Spencer Williams: Remembrances of an Early Black Film Pioneer (1996) (V) .... Herself

Everybody Rides the Carousel (1975) (voice) .... Stage 8

"Here's Hollywood" .... Herself (1 episode, 1961)
- Episode dated 26 April 1961 (1961) TV episode .... Herself

The 31st Annual Academy Awards (1959) (TV) .... Herself- Best Supporting Actress Nominee
Archive Footage:
8 Mile (2002) (uncredited) .... Annie Johnson

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