Juanita Moore dies at 99
'Imitation of Life' actress Juanita Moore has died aged 99, her grandson has confirmed.
Juanita Moore has died aged 99.
The 'Imitation of Life' star passed away at her home in Los Angeles, California, yesterday (01.01.14), her grandson, actor Kirk Kelleykahn has confirmed.
Moore became famous after becoming only the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Academy Award for the 1959 Douglas Sirk-directed drama movie, which told the story of how a struggling white actress and a black actress both try to raise their daughters as single mothers.
However, Moore later went on to claim the Oscar nomination somewhat hampered her acting career.
She said: "The Oscar prestige was fine, but I worked more before I was nominated.
"Casting directors think an Oscar nominee is suddenly in another category. They couldn't possibly ask you to do one or two days' work. You wouldn't accept it. And I'm sure I would."
As well as movies, Moore - who also appeared in films such as 'The Girl Can't Help It', 'The Singing Nun', 'Paternity and The Kid' - also made a name for herself on stage in Broadway, appearing in James Baldwin's play 'The Amen Corner' in 1965 and in a London production of 'Raisin in the Sun'.