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Actress Juanita Moore dies, aged 99

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Actress Juanita Moore has died aged 99

Actress Juanita Moore has died aged 99.

The Imitation of Life star passed away at her home in Los Angeles yesterday (1 January), her grandson, actor Kirk Kelleykahn has confirmed.

Moore was the fifth black performer to be nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life in 1959. She and her co-star Susan Kohner garnered Best Supporting Actress nominations for their roles in the drama.

However, the actress later claimed that the Oscar nomination hampered her acting career, explaining to the Los Angeles Times: "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."

Moore's first film appearance was as a nurse in the 1949 film Pinky. The actress's other films include The Girl Can't Help It, The Singing Nun, Paternity and The Kid. Her television credits include The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Adam-12, Judging Amy and ER.

Moore is survived by her grandson and two nephews.

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