Juanita Moore, the actress best known for her Academy Award nominated role in the 1959 film, ‘Imitation of Life’, alongside actress Lana Turner.
Her grandson and actor Kirk Kelleykahn confirmed the news adding that Moore died on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles.
Moore was only the fifth black actor to be nominated for an Oscar at the time.
The film, based on a Fannie Hurst novel, tells the story of a struggling white actress’ rise to fame and her friendship with her black housekeeper, raising their daughters as single mothers.
Moore made other appearances in films including, ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’, ‘The Singing Nun’, ‘Paternity and The Kid’. Her TV credits include The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Adam-12, Judging Amy and ER.
Moore was 99 years old.
May she rest in peace.