Luise Rainer

Born Jan 12, 1910
Hometown Vienna
Religion Jewish
Height 5' 4" (163 cm)
Nationality Austrian
Other Names The Viennese Tear...
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black

Luise Rainer is a former German film actress. 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 Austrian stage director Max Reinhardt.… Read More

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1910 Birth Born on January 12, 1910.


1928 18 Years Old She made her first appearance on the stage at the Dumont Theater in 1928, followed by appearances at various theaters in 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 She later appeared in several German language films before being discovered in 1934 by MGM talent scout Phil Berg while performing in Six Characters in Search of an Author, who felt that she might appeal to the same audience as Greta Garbo, then one of their most successful performers.
Initially, Rainer had no interest in a film career, 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 received costumes designed by Adrian, who claimed that Rainer, by the end of 1937, would become one of most influential people in fashion of Hollywood. … 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 the screen actress. Meanwhile, she also 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, and her first London appearance at the Shaftesbury Theatre on May 23, 1939 in the same part.


1942 32 Years Old Returning to America, 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. … Read More
1943 33 Years Old 1 More Event
She made one more film 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 the writer Dolores in his 1960 Oscar-winning classic La Dolce Vita, to the point of her travelling to the Rome location. … Read More
1965 55 Years Old Rainer 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. … Read More
2010 100 Years Old 1 More Event
On 12 January 2010, Rainer celebrated her centenary in London. … Read More
2011 101 Years Old 3 More Events
On 24 February 2011, at the age of 101, she said in an interview to BBC Radio 4 that the Oscars were not as ostentatious as they are now. … Read More
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