Academy Celebrates 50th Anniversary of “Imitation of Life”

Beverly Hills, CA (July 30, 2009) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Imitation of Life” with the screening of a recently struck print of the film on Friday, August 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by film critic Stephen Farber, the evening will feature an onstage discussion with Oscar®-nominated actresses Susan Kohner and Juanita Moore, conducted by Kohner’s sons, filmmakers Paul and Chris Weitz. The print, which is part of the Academy Film Archive collection, was made from the Universal Pictures restoration.

Douglas Sirk’s classic 1959 melodrama “Imitation of Life” portrays the uneasy alliance of two single mothers – an ambitious actress, who is white (Lana Turner), and her housekeeper, who is black (Moore) – and the tumultuous relationships they endure with their respective daughters, played by Sandra Dee and Kohner.

Both Moore and Kohner received Academy Award® nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role.

Tickets for “Imitation of Life” are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. All seating is unreserved. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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