Luise Rainer

Born Jan 12, 1910
Hometown Vienna
Died Dec 30, 2014
Death Place London
Religion Jewish
Height 5' 4" (163 cm)
Nationality Austrian

Luise Rainer is a former German film actress. Known as The "Viennese Teardrop", she was the first woman to win two Academy Awards, and the first person to win them consecutively. She was discovered by MGM talent scouts while acting on stage in Austria and Germany and after appearing in Austrian films. Aged 102, she is currently the oldest living Academy Award winner. Her training began in Germany from the age of 16 by leading stage director Max Reinhardt.… Read More

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1910 Birth The daughter of Heinrich and Emilie (née Königsberger) Rainer, known familiarly as "Heinz" (died 1956) and "Emmy" (died 1961), Rainer was born on 12 January 1910, in Düsseldorf, Germany and raised in Hamburg and later in Vienna, Austria. … Read More


1928 18 Years Old …  Her first stage appearance was at the Dumont Theater in 1928, followed by other appearances, including Jacques Deval's play Mademoiselle, Kingsley's Men in White, George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, Measure for Measure, and Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author.


1934 24 Years Old In 1934, after appearing in several German language films, she was seen performing in the play Six Characters in Search of an Author by MGM talent scout Phil Berg, who offered her a three-year contract in Hollywood. … Read More
Initially, Rainer had no interest in films, saying in a 1935 interview: "I never wanted to film. … Read More
In late 1936, MGM conceived a script called Maiden Voyage especially for Rainer. … Read More
1937 27 Years Old For the film, she wore a red wig and wore costumes designed by Adrian, who claimed that Rainer, by the end of 1937, would become one of Hollywood's most influential people in fashion. … Read More
In 1938, she played Johann Strauss's long-suffering wife Poldi in the successful Oscar-winning MGM musical biopic The Great Waltz, her last big hit.
1939 29 Years Old While in Europe, Rainer studied medicine and explained she loved being accepted as "just another student", rather than as a screen actress. She returned to the stage and made her first appearance at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, on May 1, 1939, as Françoise in Jacques Deval's play Behold the Bride; she played the same part in her London debut at the Shaftesbury Theatre on May 23, 1939.


1940 30 Years Old Returning to America, she played the leading part in George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan on March 10, 1940, at the Belasco Theatre in Washington, D.C. under the direction of German emigrant director Erwin Piscator.
1942 32 Years Old She made her first appearance on the New York stage at the Music Box Theatre in May 1942 as Miss Thing in J. M. Barrie's A Kiss for Cinderella.
1943 33 Years Old 1 More Event
She made an appearance in Hostages in 1943 and abandoned film making in 1944 after marrying publisher Robert Knittel.


1960 50 Years Old Federico Fellini enticed her to play the cameo role of Dolores in his 1960 Oscar-winning classic La Dolce Vita, to the point of her travelling to the Rome location, but she quit the production prior to shooting, a fact that has been attributed either to her resistance to an unwanted sex scene or to her insistence on overseeing her own dialogue. … Read More
1965 55 Years Old She made sporadic television and stage appearances following her and her husband's move to Britain, appearing in an episode of the World War II television series Combat! in 1965.


1983 73 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 1983 interview, the actress told how she went to Louis B. Mayer's office and said to him: "Mr Mayer, I must stop making films.
1998 88 Years Old She made appearances at the 1998 and 2003 Academy Awards ceremonies as part of special retrospective tributes to past Oscar winners.
2010 100 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 12, 2010, Rainer celebrated her centenary in London. … Read More
2011 101 Years Old 2 More Events
On September 5, 2011, Rainer travelled to Berlin to receive a star on the Boulevard der Stars.
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