Bet You Didn’t Know: Secrets Behind The Making Of “Imitation Of Life”
When Juanita Moore passed earlier this year, we pulled quotes from an interview she conducted with the Los Angeles Times in 1967. She said that while the Oscar nomination was nice, it actually ended up working to her disadvantage.
“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.”
After the film, she went back to Broadway and appeared in James Baldwin’s play “The Amen Corner” in 1965. And then she appeared in a London production of “Raisin in the Sun,” which Moore said was the most treasured role of her entire career.