Luise Rainer Obituary

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Luise Rainer dies at 104; 1930s star had meteoric rise and fall in Hollywood

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By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2014

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With her soulful eyes, luminous beauty and an emotional intensity that melted hearts, Luise Rainer was well on her way to becoming a queen of Hollywood after only a handful of movies in the 1930s.

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Her wrenching performance in “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) — memorable for the telephone scene in which her character smiles through tears to congratulate ex-husband Flo Ziegfeld on his remarriage — brought Rainer’s first Academy Award. The next year, as a Chinese peasant in the Pearl Buck saga “The Good Earth” (1937), she won again, becoming at 28 the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars.

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