Luise Rainer Interviewed


Actress Luise Rainer on the glamour and grit of Hollywood’s golden era



As she approaches her 100th birthday, the two-time Oscar winner talks to Mick Brown about Hollywood, Greta Garbo, and charming Albert Einstein.

By Mick Brown


The two Academy Awards that Luise Rainer won for best actress stand on a bookshelf in her study. Actually, that’s not quite true. The Oscar that Rainer won for The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 is the original – a deep and satisfyingly aged bronze. The Oscar that she won the following year for her role in The Good Earth she gave to the removal men who moved her from Switzerland to London some years ago. “I used it as a doorstop,” Rainer says airily. “And it was bent.”


The shiny gild statuette that now stands on her shelf is a recent replacement.


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One Response to “Luise Rainer Interviewed”

  1. Liz Williams says:

    About 5 or 6 years ago I saw Luise Rainer in the street in London. She was beautifully dressed and made up, on her own, out and about. I plucked up the courage to speak to her and she was charming. I saw her again a couple of years ago near her home. She was much frailer and accompanied by a young lady but again incredibly smart. I have met royalty and seen other famous actors but nothing gave me the thrill I got when I met her!

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