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.
african american, housekeeper, race relations, melodrama, ambition, adolescence, friendship between women, friendship between girls, infatuation, new york city, theater, interracial friendship, interracial relationship, female bonding, teenage girl, based on novel, mother daughter relationship, remake, beach, fame
This edition of Imitation of Life should do as much for Miss Kohner as did the original movie for Miss Colbert in 1934.
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