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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.


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