Posts Tagged ‘Luise Rainer’

In Memory of Luise Rainer

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


In memory of Luise Rainer




Luise Rainer 1910–2014



Luise Rainer Obituary

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014


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




By Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
December 30, 2014


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.


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.


CLICK HERE to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Luise Rainer



Roddy & Luise

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


Roddy McDowall & Luise Rainer





Luise Rainer Interviewed

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010


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.


Click here to continue reading



Luise Rainer’s 100th Birthday

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010


Luise Rainer






BORN: January 12, 1910, Dusseldorf, Germany


Currently living in London 



Click below to see Luise Rainer as Anna Held in The Great Ziegfeld (1936)






Luise Rainer Will be 100

Sunday, January 10th, 2010


Cinema heavens welcome Luise Rainer, newest star




Tomorrow is the 100th birthday of cinema icon, Luise Rainer, the recipient of two consecutive Academy Awards. She joins the ranks of entertainment centarians George Abbott (1887-1995), Bruce Bennett (1906-2007), Irving Berlin (1888-1989), Margaret Booth (1898-2002), George Burns (1896-1996), Claire Du Brey (1892-1993), Bob Hope (1903-2003), Dolores Hope (b. 1909), Barbara Kent (b. 1906), Carla Laemmle (b. 1909), Charles Lane (1905-2007), Francis Lederer (1899-2000), Florence Lee (1858-1962), Huey Long (1904-2009), Irving Rapper (1898-1999), Leni Riefenstahl (1902-2003), Hal Roach (1892-1992), Frederica Sagor Maas (b. 1900), Miriam Seegar (b. 1907), George Beverly Shea (b. 1909), Dorothy Stickney (1896-1998), Doris Eaton Travis (b. 1904), Senor Wences (1896-1999), Estelle Winwood (1883-1984), Dorothy Young (b. 1907), Adolph Zukor (1873-1976). Note: Dorothy Janis will turn 100 on February 19, 2010. The following is a Los Angeles Times story about Rainer’s film debut in Escapade, almost 75 years ago.


By Katherine T. Von Blon
Los Angeles Times
July 8, 1935


A lustrous and exciting personality flashes across the cinematic horizon in Luise Rainer, M-G-M’s Viennese prodigy, appearing opposite William Powell in Escapade at the Chinese and Loew’s State theaters.


There’s so much emotion and dynamic energy stored in the small compact body of this wistful little lady, that one could never hope to press it into mere words. She’s a series of contradictions, and as fluid as quicksilver. One moment she’s gay and the next she’s sunk in depths of despair.


Luise is terrified of strangers. She has just come from one of those imposing studio luncheons, given for visiting nabobs. She huddled in a corner of the divan, like a small frightened rabbit, and managed one of her sudden, ingratiating smiles. “Luise doesn’t understand the English very welll.” She has a habit of speaking of herself objectively.


This same elfin creature will hold the entire studio force at bay, when it comes to a question of her artistic integrity.


“When I say to them, ‘Luise cannot do it that way,’ it is because I do not feel it, and I never do anything I do not feel here.” Needless to say, Luise gets her way and by the same token, those in authority admit that she has a sixth sense and is invariably right. However, there have been some stormy scenes, ending with the volatile star taking French leave.


Luise thinks American men are enormously fascinating, but she doesnt’ know how to take them. “Your American men, they are most charming. They all walk on little pink clouds. They are so happy and carefree. But you do not know if they love you, or if they are just your friend. The men, they are more serious in Europe.”


Luise has a passion for music and Beethoven is one of her mightiest gods. She said: “I have just purchased a beautiful phonograph that plays the entire Ninth Symphony of Beethoven, without interruption. It is heavenly.”