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'Imitation Of Life' Actress Juanita Moore Dies

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Actress Juanita Moore, best-known for her Academy Award nominated performance in the 1959 film Imitation Of Life, has died at age 99.

According to Moore's grandson, actor Kirk Kelley-Kahn, she collapsed and died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles. Kelley-Kahn is currently president and CEO of the Cambridge Players-Next Generation, a theater troupe Moore helped found with other actors including Esther Rolle and Lynn Hamilton.

When Moore was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of housekeeper Annie Johnson in Imitation Of Life she became only the fifth black performer to do so. Moore continued to work in film, television and theater for the remainder of her career. Her last listed performance was on the CBS television series Judging Amy in the episode "One For The Road" from 2001.

One of Moore's last public appearances came on April 23, 2010 at the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles. There she and co-star Susan Kohner appeared on stage with Robert Osborne for a question and answer session after a screening of a new print of Imitation Of Life.

Moore is preceded in death by her husband Charles Burris. The two were married for fifty years until Burris' death in 2001.


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