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Luise Rainer (1910–2014)


Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress, she was discovered by the legendary ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

Known For

The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld Anna Held
(1936)
The Good Earth
(1937)
The Great Waltz
The Great Waltz Poldi Vogelhuber
(1938)
Big City
Big City Anna Benton
(1937)

Filmography

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 1991 A Dancer (TV Movie)
Anna
 1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Dorothy Fielding / Maggie Koerner
- The Lady and the Maid/Love Is Blind/The Babymakers (1984) ... Dorothy Fielding / Maggie Koerner
 1965 Combat! (TV Series)
Countess De Roy
- Finest Hour (1965) ... Countess De Roy
 1950-1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Inga Arlberg / Nina
- The Stone Faces (1957) ... Inga Arlberg
- The Seagull (1950) ... Nina
 1954 Suspense (TV Series)
- Torment (1954)
 1950-1953 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Caroline / Mrs. Page
- A Bouquet for Caroline (1953) ... Caroline
- Rosalind (1950) ... Mrs. Page
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Chambermaid
- Love Came Late (1952) ... Chambermaid
 1951 Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre (TV Series)
- Woman Overboard (1951)
 1949 By Candlelight (TV Movie)
Elizabeth
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
- Trapeze (1949)
 1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
Countess Olga Mironova
 1933 Heut' kommt's drauf an
Marita Costa
 1932 Sehnsucht 202
Kitty (as Louise Rainer)
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Other Works:

She acted in Maxwell Anderson's play, "Joan of Lorraine," at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 2 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Louise Rainer

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)
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Personal Quote:

For my second and third pictures I won Academy Awards. Nothing worse could have happened to me. When I got two Oscars, they thought 'Oh, they can throw me into anything'. I was a machine, practically a tool in a big, big factory, and I could not do anything. And so I left. I just went away. I fled. Yes, I fled. See more »

Trivia:

Rainer returned to Holywood in the 1998 and 2013 Academy Awards ceremony honoring previous Oscar winners and in 2010 for the TCM Classic Film Festival. She was all smiles for the cameras, but her wounds had not healed. "I hated Hollywood," Rainer said in an interview in 2001. "That's why I turned my back on it." She had wanted to be Madame Currie, "but Mayer forbade me." She wanted to be Maria in... See more »

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The New Garbo See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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