Born in Los Angeles, Moore was a chorus girl in her childhood and went on to star in movies, first as an extra and later in larger roles on stage and screen. The first movie she starred in was 1949's Pinky, and when she was nominated for an Academy Award for Imitation of Life, she was only the fifth African-American to receive a nomination in any category.
Moore's nephew told Variety that charity work was also very important to her, and she was a founding member of the Cambridge Players.
Moore is survived by her grandson and two nephews, according to Variety. Her husband of 50 years, Charles Burris, died in 2001.