Maternal Instincts: Our Favorite Movie Mamas

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  • 050212 celebs movie mamas oprah winfrey women of brewster place
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas Irma p Hall Soul Food
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas juanita moore imitation of life
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas alfre woodard something new
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas cicely tyson diary of a mad black woman
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas lynn whitfield madeas family reunion
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas lynn whitfield eves bayou
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas jennifer lewis think like a man
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas diana ross double platinum
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas angela bassett malcolm x
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas diahann carroll claudine
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas claudia mcneil raisin in the sun
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas esther rolle rosewood
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas whoopi goldberg long walk home
  • 050212 celebs movie mamas whitney houston sparkle

Juanita Moore, Imitation of Life

Annie Johnson (Moore) raised two daughters in this 1959 film, one white, and one who wanted to be white. Her biological child Sarah Jane's (Susan Kohner) struggle with self-identity made her lash out, and only when the long-suffering Annie was dead did Sarah realize the value of keeping it real. 


(Photo: Courtesy Universal Pictures)

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