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.Written by
I was about 11 or 12 years old when i watched this movie. I will NEVER forget the impact of the scene where the MAMMA is Dying of total heartbreak over her daughters lifestyle and that when the time came when the Mother died, OH MY GOD...when the daughter tried to get into the coffin ..and that it was all TOO LATE.I LITERALLY cried for days and my MOM could not ease my heartache over such a terrible thing that the girl did to her MOM. I made up my mind i would NEVER hurt my Mother like that in REAL LIFE, and even though every family has their problems MY Mamma was my Mamma and i desperately love her though she is gone now.
This movie had the strongest,most POWERFUL influence in my life ...more then any other movie to this date until THE PASSION directed by Mel Gibson.. THANK GOD for MEL!. I also became a stronger young person due to IMITATION OF LIFE. I wish all movie makers today cared half as much as the directors did back in those years when life held more value on morals and character and decency.. i miss the genuiness of clean ,healthy simple life! GOD BLESS all!
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