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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 3 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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 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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Personal Details

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:

I was never proud of anything. I just did it like everything else. To do a film - let me explain to you - it's like having a baby. You labor, you labor, you labor, and then you have it. And then it grows up and it grows away from you. But to be proud of giving birth to a baby? Proud? No, every cow can do that. See more »

Trivia:

A non-conformist to the MGM star-system, she used to parade around Hollywood untidily dressed, usually with no make-up and wearing pants. Her non-conformist style of behavior cost Ms. Rainer her contract with MGM in the late '30s. See more »

Nickname:

The New Garbo See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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