( b. Oct 19, 1914 Los Angeles, California, USA - d. Jan 01, 2014 Los Angeles, California, USA ) Female
Juanita Moore broke barriers for African-American actors and was Oscar-nommed for 1959's "Imitation of Life." Moore received a supporting actress nomination for Douglas Sirk's "Imitation of Life," playing the housekeeper whose daughter passes for white, in the racially themed film that was based on the Fannie Hurst novel. She was the fifth African-American to be Oscar-nommed.
Brought up in Los Angeles, Moore was a chorus girl at the Cotton Club who started out as a film extra, then worked in theater at the Ebony Showcase Theater. She made her film debut in 1949's "Pinky," and often played a maid in 1950s films such as "The Girl Can't Help It." In the 1960s and '70s, she played a nun in "The Singing Nun" and appeared in films including "Uptight," "The Mack" and "Abby." Though she didn't work often through the 1980s, she began appearing onscreen again in later years on TV shows such as "E.R." and "Judging Amy" and in films such as Disney's "The Kid."
Moore was a founding member of the Cambridge Players along with thesps such as Esther Rolle. Moore's sole Broadway appearance was in 1965's The Amen Corner.