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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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Known For

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

Stage: She appeared at the National Theatre (Lyttelton), London, UK on 3/4/99 to discuss her marriage to Clifford Odets and his play "Waiting For Lefty". 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:

[on quitting Hollywood] I was very young. There were a lot of things I was unprepared for. I was too honest, I talked serious instead of with my eyelashes and Hollywood thought I was cuckoo. I worked in seven big pictures in three years. I have to be inspired to give a good performance. I complained to a studio executive that the source was dried up. The executive told me, 'Why worry about the ... See more »

Trivia:

Is one of 11 actresses who won the Best Actress Oscar for a move that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for The Great Ziegfeld (1936)). The others are Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Shirley ... See more »

Nickname:

The Viennese Teardrop See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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