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Luise Rainer

German-born Austrian and American film actress

Luise Rainer (January 12, 1910 – December 30, 2014) was a two-time Academy Award-winning German-born Austrian-American movie actress. She was the first person to win two Academy Awards in a row. The first was for her role as Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld, and the second was for her role as a Chinese farmer in The Good Earth. Out of all the living Academy Award winners, she is the one to have won the award the earliest.

Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer 1936.jpg
1936 publicity photo
Born(1910-01-12)January 12, 1910
DiedDecember 30, 2014(2014-12-30) (aged 104)
Years active1932-1997
Spouse(s)Clifford Odets
(m. 1937-1940, divorced)
Robert Knittel
(m. 1945-1989, his death)
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
1937 The Good Earth
NYFCC Award for Best Actress
1936 The Great Ziegfeld
Hollywood Walk of Fame
6300 Hollywood Blvd

Rainer was born in Duesseldorf and was Jewish.[1]

Rainer died from pneumonia in her home in London, England, aged 104.[2]


  1. Spartacus Educational
  2. "Luise Rainer, Hollywood golden era Oscar winner, dies aged 104". BBC Retrieved December 30, 2014.

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