Juanita Moore

Actor, Chorus girl, Dancer
A former Cotton Club chorus girl. Los Angeles native Juanita Moore began her career as a film extra, later honing her craft in local stage productions at the Ebony Showcase, Theater. In 1949, she made her feature film ... Read more »
Born: 10/18/1914 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (26)

Lana Turner... A Daughter's Memoir 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's The Kid 2000 (Movie)

Kenny's Grandmother (Actor)

Two Moon Junction 1988 (Movie)

Delilah (Actor)

Paternity 1981 (Movie)

Celia (Actor)

The Richard Pryor Show 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Joey 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Abby 1973 (Movie)

Mama Potter (Actor)

The Mack 1973 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Thomasine & Bushrod 1973 (Movie)

Pecolia (Actor)

Uptight 1968 (Movie)

Mama Wells (Actor)

Rosie 1966 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Sister Mary (Actor)

Papa's Delicate Condition 1962 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

Walk on the Wild Side 1962 (Movie)

Mama (Actor)

Tammy Tell Me True 1960 (Movie)

Della (Actor)

Imitation of Life 1959 (Movie)

Annie Johnson (Actor)

Band of Angels 1957 (Movie)

Budge (Actor)

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

Hilda (Actor)

Queen Bee 1955 (Movie)

Maid (Actor)

Ransom 1955 (Movie)

Shirley Lorraine (Actor)

Women's Prison 1955 (Movie)

"Polyclinic" Jones (Actor)

Witness to Murder 1954 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

Pinky 1949 (Movie)

Nurse (Actor)

A Dream For Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Whole World Is Watching (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former Cotton Club chorus girl. Los Angeles native Juanita Moore began her career as a film extra, later honing her craft in local stage productions at the Ebony Showcase, Theater. In 1949, she made her feature film debut in "Pinky", playing a nurse. She spent the better part of the next decade trapped in mostly stereotypical roles as domestics until landing the breakthrough part of Annie Johnson, the hard-working housekeeper to actress Lora Meredith in the glossy Douglas Sirk-directed remake of "Imitation of Life" (1959). Moore excelled as Annie, whose light-skinned daughter attempted to deny her roots by passing for Caucasian, and the actress received a well-deserved Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. After a late-career resurgence as a character actress on television, Juanita Moore died at the age of 99 in 2013.

Relationships

Nyas Berry

Husband

Charles Burris

Husband

EDUCATION

Jefferson High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2000

Resumed acting career with small role in "Disney's The Kid"

1988

Last film for 12 years, "Two Moon Junction"

1981

Had featured role in "Paternity"

1977

Appeared in "Joey"

1973

Co-starred in "A Dream for Christmas", an unsold ABC pilot for a series about a black family; created by Earl Hamner

1973

Acted in "The Mack"

1970

Cast in a supporting role in the underrated "Skin Game"

1968

Appeared in the TV movie "The Whole World Is Watching" (NBC)

1965

Was one of the title character's fellow sisters in "The Singing Nun"

1959

Breakthrough screen role as Annie Johnson, the hard-working, widowed housekeeper to actress Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) in "Imitation of Life"; received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1952

Acted in "Lydia Bailey", a drama set in 19th-century Haiti

1949

Film debut as a nurse in "Pinky"

Performed as chorus girl at the Cotton Club in the 1930s; first met Dorothy Dandridge who remained a lifelong friend

Raised in South Los Angeles, California

Acted in local stage productions at the Ebony Showcase Theater

Worked as an extra in films, earning $10 or $12 per day

Bonus Trivia

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"The Apollo Theater [in Harlem] marquee had on it: "Imitation of Life" starring Juanita Moore. I thought Lana [Turner] would have a fit if she saw that." --Juanita Moore to Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2000

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