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Juanita Moore dies: Oscar nominee dead at 99

Juanita Moore dead at 99
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Juanita Moore, the Oscar nominated actress has died, according to a Jan. 2 CBS News report. The 99-year-old died Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles, her grandson actor Kirk Kelleykahn said.

Moore, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the movie, “Imitation of Life,” was the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Oscar at the time. “The Oscar prestige was fine, but I worked more before I was nominated,” Moore told the Los Angeles Times in 1967. “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.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, Moore did not work for a year after her 1960 Oscar nomination, and never appeared in another large movie or found another big role. In her time, black actresses did not receive challenging roles, which posed a problem for the now lauded actress. “What can you do? She asked the Los Angeles Times in 2000. “They're not going to pay me a lot of money for carrying a tray. That's all we did in movies at the time.”

In addition to movies, Moore also performed theater, appearing on Broadway in “The Amen Corner,” and in London in “A Rasin in the Sun.”

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