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Luise Rainer Overview:

Legendary actress, Luise Rainer, was born on Jan 12, 1910 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Rainer died at the age of 105 on Dec 30, 2014 in London, England .



Luise Rainer was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning for Best Actress for The Great Ziegfeld (as Anna Held) and The Good Earth (as O-Lan) in 1936 and 1937 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1936Best ActressThe Great Ziegfeld (1936)Anna HeldWon
1937Best ActressThe Good Earth (1937)O-LanWon

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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: A Life in Film

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 3, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

We remember the life and legacy of actress who died at age 104 on Dec. 30. German-Austrian actress was one of MGM's brightest stars in the 1930s. Rainer came to Hollywood in 1935 after a successful career on the German stage and screen. She became an immediate sensation... Read full article

The Great Ziegfeld Telephone Scene with

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 3, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

The late 's most famous moment on screen is this brief scene from The Great Ziegfeld (1936). Rainer plays Anna Held, the common-law wife of Broadway showman Florenz Zeigfeld (William Powell). She literally smiles through her tears while telephoning Ziegfeld to congratulate him on his sec... Read full article

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a legendary oscar dame was a German-born Austrian and American film actress. She was the first person to win multiple Academy Awards and the first person to win them consecutively. The actress appeared in a number of Ger... Read full article

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Luise Rainer Quotes:

Poldi Vogelhuber: We don't have revolutions every day, thank Heaven.

Anna Held: [on the phone with Ziegfeld after learning of his marriage to Billie Burke] Hello, Flo... Yes. Here's Anna... I'm so happy for you today, I could not help calling you and congratulate you... Wonderful, Flo! Never better in my whole life!... I'm so excited about my new plans! I'm going to Paris... Yes, for a few weeks, and then I can get back, and then I'm doing a new show, and... Oh, it's all so wonderful! I'm so happy!... Yes... And I hope you are happy, too... Yes?... Oh, I'm so glad for you, Flo... Sounds funny for ex-husband and ex-wife to tell how happy they are, oui?... Yes, Flo... Goodbye, Flo... Goodbye...
[She hangs up]
Anna Held: Darling...
[she falls to her bed, sobbing]
Marie: My poor, petite! If you love him so, why did you divorce him?
Anna Held: Because I thought it would bring him back to me. I was sure that it would bring him back to me.
[she cries]

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Luise Rainer Facts
Of all the living winners of a competitive Oscar she has had hers the longest (as of 2010) - 73 years. She last won in 1937 for The Good Earth (1937).

Returned to work 14 months after giving birth to her daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer to begin performing in the US tour of "Joan of Lorraine", replacing Ingrid Bergman in the title role.

She is mentioned in the novel 'Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote . When discussing Holly Golightly's chances of making it the Hollywood agent O.J. Berman says, "If you mean future, you're wrong again. Now a couple of years back, out on the Coast, there was a time it could've been different. She had something working for her, she had them interested, she could've really rolled. But when you walk out on a thing like that, you don't walk back. Ask Luise Rainer. And Rainer was a star. Sure, Holly was no star; she never got out of the still department. But that was before The Story of Dr. Wassell. Then she could've really rolled. I know, see, cause I'm the guy was giving her the push.".

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