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Imitation of Life (1959)
 Who was considered for Imitation of Life (1959)?

Pearl Bailey
Universal pressured producer Ross Hunter but he refused to cast a big star as the beleagured African American mother who daughter tries to "pass" for white.
Actor who got the part: Juanita Moore

Ethel Waters
The studio wanted producer Ross Hunter to cast a big star in what would go on to be an Oscar-nominated role as the mother of the girl who tries to "pass" for white.
Actor who got the part: Juanita Moore



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