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Luise Rainer

Actress Luise Rainer

Profession: Actress

United States of America

Biography: The first person to win multiple Academy Awards for acting, for her roles in "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) and "The Good Earth" (1937).

Rainer considered winning two Oscars in a row the worst thing that could have happened to her as audience and studio expectations became impossible to achieve and she only starred in one more film, "The Great Waltz" (1938). Only a series of insignificant roles followed.

Film historians thus often consider her the most extreme case of an Oscar victim.

Born: January 12, 1910
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: December 30, 2014 (aged 104)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1936-03-22 "The Great Ziegfeld" directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring William Powell and Luise Rainer premieres in Los Angeles (Best Picture 1937
  • 1937-03-04 9th Academy Awards: "The Great Ziegfeld", Paul Muni & Luise Rainer wins
  • 1938-03-10 10th Academy Awards: "The Life of Emile Zola", Spencer Tracy & Luise Rainer win

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