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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Remembering Luise Rainer 1910 - 2014

Actress Luise Rainer, who died Tuesday at age 104, was the first person to win multiple Academy Awards and the first to win them consecutively. Her first American film role was in 1935's Escapade, and she received her two Oscars for Best Actress for The Great Ziegfield (1936) and The Good Earth (1937). Other film credits include The Emperor's Candletsticks (1937), Big City (1937), The Toy Wife (1938), The Great Waltz (1938), Dramatic School (1938), Hostages (1943) and The Gambler (1997), which was her first film in 54 years.

Rainer appeared on Broadway in two plays - A Kiss for Cinderella (1942) and The Lady from the Sea (1950) - and she had a dual role as twin sisters on a 1984 episode of ABC's The Love Boat. She was also married to playwright Clifford Odets from 1937 to 1940.

Below you can watch Luise Rainer in trailers for The Great Ziegfield, The Great Waltz and Dramatic School and as a guest star on The Love Boat.

1 comment:

joel65913 said...

Though her time at the top was brief she appears to have lived an extraordinary life. Two weeks shy of 105 is quite a run.

In a bittersweet note since her birthday was coming up TCM already had a festival of her films scheduled for January 12th so it provides a good chance to see much of her film output in a single day.