Luise Rainer (1910–2014)


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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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The Great Ziegfeld Anna Held
(1936)
Dramatic School Louise Mauban
(1938)
(1937)
The Great Waltz Poldi Vogelhuber
(1938)

Filmography

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 1997 The Gambler
Grandmother
 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
 1963 Die kleinen Füchse (TV Movie)
Birdie Hubbard
 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)
 1943 Hostages
Milada Pressinger
 1938 Dramatic School
Louise Mauban
 1938 The Great Waltz
Poldi Vogelhuber
 1938 The Toy Wife
Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard
 1937 Big City
Anna Benton
 1937 The Emperor's Candlesticks
Countess Olga Mironova
 1937 The Good Earth
O-Lan
 1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Anna Held
 1935 Escapade
Leopoldine Dur
 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:

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

Alternate Names:

Louise Rainer

Height:

5' 4" (1.63 m)

Spouse:

Robert John Knittel  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on MGM chief Louis B. Mayer] He said, 'That girl is a Frankenstein, she's going to ruin our whole firm. We made you and we are going to destroy you.' Well, he tried his best. See more »

Trivia:

Is one of 5 actresses to have won an Oscar for a movie where they acted out a labor, Rainer's being for The Good Earth (1937). The others are Mary Astor for The Great Lie (1941), Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948), Kim Hunter for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and Brenda Fricker for My Left Foot (1989). See more »

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