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Luise Rainer is a Actor Allemande born on 12 january 1910 at Düsseldorf (German)

Luise Rainer

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Birth name Luise Rainer
Nationality German
Birth 12 january 1910 at Düsseldorf (German)
Death 30 december 2014 (at 104 years) at London (United-kingdom)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Luise Rainer (12 January 1910 – 30 December 2014) was a German and American film actress. She was the first actor to win multiple Academy Awards and the first person to win them consecutively. At the time of her death, she was the longest-lived individual ever to have received an Academy Award.

Rainer began acting in Germany at age 16, being trained by Austria's leading stage director, Max Reinhardt. Within a few years, she had become a distinguished Berlin stage actress with Reinhardt's Vienna theater ensemble. Critics "raved" about her acting quality. After years of acting on stage and in films in Austria and Germany, she was discovered by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scouts, who signed her to a three-year contract in Hollywood in 1935. A number of filmmakers envisioned she might become another Greta Garbo, MGM's leading female star at the time.

Her first American film role was in Escapade in 1935. The following year, she was given a supporting part in the musical biography The Great Ziegfeld, where, despite limited appearances, her emotion-filled acting quality so impressed audiences that she was awarded an Oscar as Best Actress. She was later dubbed "the Viennese teardrop", for her dramatic telephone scene in the film. For her next role, producer Irving Thalberg was convinced, despite the studio's disagreement, that she would also be able to play the part of a poor, plain Chinese farm wife in The Good Earth (1937), based on Pearl Buck's novel about hardship in China. The subdued character role was such a dramatic contrast to her previous, vivacious character that she again won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Yet by winning two consecutive Oscars, she later noted, nothing worse could have happened to her, as audience expectations from then on would be too high to fulfill. After a string of unimportant movie parts, MGM and Rainer became disappointed, leading her to end her brief three-year film career, soon returning to Europe. Adding to her rapid decline, some feel, was the poor career advice given her by then husband, playwright Clifford Odets, along with the unexpected death at age 37 of her producer, Irving Thalberg, whom she greatly admired. Some film historians consider her the "most extreme case of an Oscar victim in Hollywood mythology".


Élevée à Hambourg, elle commence à étudier le théâtre en Allemagne à l'âge de 16 ans avec le metteur en scène autrichien Max Reinhardt. Quelques années plus tard, elle est considérée au sein du théâtre viennois que Reinhardt dirige comme « une actrice de théâtre berlinoise caractéristique ». Ses interprétations soulèvent l'enthousiasme de la critique. En 1935, découverte par le biais de dénicheurs de talents de la MGM lors de ses passages sur diverses scènes en Autriche et en Allemagne, elle part pour Hollywood, un contrat de trois ans en poche. Nombre de cinéastes voient en elle la nouvelle Greta Garbo, la principale star féminine de la MGM d'alors.

Cette même année elle tourne son premier film, l'Escapade. En 1936, elle est choisie pour jouer dans Le Grand Ziegfeld. Bien que n'apparaissant que peu, elle séduit le public et remporte en 1937 l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice. C'est dans ce film qu'elle gagne le surnom de « larme viennoise » en tournant une scène au téléphone où s'exprime son grand talent d'actrice dramatique. Pour son film suivant, Visages d'Orient, inspiré du roman de Pearl Buck, le producteur Irving Thalberg l'a convaincue, malgré le désaccord du studio, de jouer le rôle d'une paysanne chinoise pauvre et laide. Ce personnage, aussi effacé qu'était plein de vie son rôle précédent, lui permet de remporter en 1938 pour la seconde année consécutive l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice, événement unique dans l'histoire des Oscars.

Elle devait déclarer cependant quelque temps plus tard qu'en gagnant ces deux Oscars rien de pire ne pouvait lui arriver, car l'attente du public allait être désormais très difficile à satisfaire. Et il est exact qu'elle ne devait plus obtenir de rôles importants à dater de cette époque. À la fin de son contrat de trois ans, ne parvenant pas à se mettre d'accord avec la MGM sur les termes d'un nouveau contrat, elle décide de retourner en Europe, la mort prématurée de son producteur, Irving Thalberg qu'elle admirait grandement, ajoutant au déclin rapide d'une carrière commencée de façon foudroyante. Des historiens du cinéma ont d'ailleurs écrit à son sujet qu'elle était « la pire victime des Oscars d'Hollywood ». De retour en Europe, elle a vécu à Londres où elle s'est éteinte en 2014 à l'âge de 104 ans.

Best films

The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
The Good Earth (1937)
The Great Waltz (1938)

Usually with

(6 films)
Roland Varno
Roland Varno
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Luise Rainer (15 films)

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Hostages (1943)

Directed by Frank Tuttle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Actors Luise Rainer, Arturo de Córdova, William Bendix, Paul Lukas, Katína Paxinoú, Oskar Homolka
Roles Milada Pressinger
Rating67% 3.3813753.3813753.3813753.3813753.381375
A group of twenty-six Czechoslovakian citizens are jailed as hostages by the Gestapo until the supposed killer of a Nazi officer – who actually committed suicide – is turned in. The hostages include the leader of the underground resistance movement (William Bendix), whose cover is that of an apparently ignorant washroom attendant in the nightclub where the victim was last seen alive.
Hostages (1943)

Directed by Frank Tuttle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Actors Luise Rainer, Arturo de Córdova, William Bendix, Paul Lukas, Katína Paxinoú, Oskar Homolka
Roles Milada Pressinger
Rating67% 3.3813753.3813753.3813753.3813753.381375
A group of 26 Czechoslovakian citizens are jailed as hostages by the Gestapo until the supposed killer of a Nazi officer – who actually committed suicide – is turned in. The hostages include the leader of the underground resistance movement (William Bendix), whose cover is that of an apparently ignorant washroom attendant in the nightclub where the victim was last seen alive.
Another Romance of Celluloid, 11minutes
Directed by Herman Hoffman
Origin USA
Themes Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about cities
Actors Freddie Bartholomew, Frank Capra, William H. Daniels, Clark Gable, Betty Ross Clarke, Myrna Loy
Rating60% 3.0200053.0200053.0200053.0200053.020005
The film starts with a brief reprise of the previous film, before cutting to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California where assistant cameraman Bill Reilly picks up the film from the lab for Marie Antoinette (1938) which he passes on to cameraman William H. Daniels. Behind the scenes footage shows W.S. Van Dyke directing a scene between Norma Shearer and Robert Morley before the negative is taken to the lab to be developed, dried and polished by lab technician John M. Nickolaus. The test strips are then read and delivered to the print room for printing. A tram takes the viewer on a quick tour of the studio complete with behind the scenes footage of George B. Seitz directing Judge Hardy's Children (1938), Freddie Bartholomew training with elephants for the then unproduced Kim, Luise Rainer doing a costume test for The Toy Wife (1938), and candid footage of Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy. The film concludes with a montage from trailers for coming MGM pictures and footage of Louis B. Mayer, Frank Capra, Luise Rainer and Louise Tracy at the 10th Academy Awards banquet.
Dramatic School, 1h20
Directed by Robert B. Sinclair
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about television, Films based on plays
Actors Luise Rainer, Paulette Goddard, Alan Marshal, Lana Turner, John Hubbard, Genevieve Tobin
Roles Louise Mauban
Rating63% 3.1968953.1968953.1968953.1968953.196895
Aspiring actress Louise Mauban (Luise Rainer) attends the Paris School of Drama while working at a dreary factory job. Her fellow students begin to suspect that her stories of a luxurious life and her wealthy, handsome boyfriend, Marquis Andre D'Abbencourt (Alan Marshal), are just fantasies that she weaves to relieve her humdrum life. One of them, Nana (Paulette Goddard), maliciously invites Louise to her "birthday party", having arranged for Andre to attend. However, the plan backfires. Andre is enchanted by Louise and the lie turns into the truth. He showers her with gifts and takes her out every night.
The Great Waltz, 1h44
Directed by Victor Fleming, Josef von Sternberg, Julien Duvivier
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Films about classical music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Luise Rainer, Miliza Korjus, Lionel Atwill, Henry Hull, Hugh Herbert, Curt Bois
Roles Poldi Vogelhuber
Rating65% 3.297113.297113.297113.297113.29711
The highly fictionalised story sees 'Schani' dismissed from his job in a bank. He puts together a group of unemployed musicians who wangle a performance at Dommayer's cafe. The audience is minimal, but when two opera singers, Carla Donner and Fritz Schiller, visit whilst their carriage is being repaired, the music attracts a wider audience.
The Toy Wife, 1h35
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Luise Rainer, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young, Barbara O'Neil, H. B. Warner, Alma Kruger
Roles Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard
Rating59% 2.956312.956312.956312.956312.95631
Set during the American Civil War, The Toy Wife tells the story of Frou-Frou, a 16-year-old coquette. She has been in France to attend a prestigious school, but is now returning to her family plantation in Louisiana. Craving to go to New Orleans, she fakes a toothache to visit a dentist there. She is chaperoned by Madame Vallaire, but soon ditches her to attend a ball. There, she meets Vaillare's son Andre, a wastral whom she is immediately attracted to.
Big City
Big City (1937)
, 1h20
Directed by George B. Seitz, Frank Borzage
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Luise Rainer, Spencer Tracy, Charley Grapewin, Victor Varconi, Janet Beecher, William Demarest
Roles Anna Benton
Rating64% 3.246553.246553.246553.246553.24655
Joe Benton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Anna (Luise Rainer) are suspected of starting a taxi war. Although innocent, they are blamed for everything that has happened and the officials demand that Anna be deported from the United States. While trying to prove their innocence, the couple feels forced to hide.
The Good Earth, 2h18
Directed by Victor Fleming, Sam Wood, Sidney Franklin, Gustav Machatý
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Paul Muni, Luise Rainer, Walter Connolly, Tilly Losch, Charley Grapewin, Keye Luke
Roles O-Lan
Rating76% 3.8430753.8430753.8430753.8430753.843075
In pre-World War I northern China, a young farmer Wang Lung (Paul Muni) marries O-Lan (Luise Rainer), a lowly servant at the Great House, the residence of the most powerful family in their village. O-Lan proves to be an excellent wife, hard working and uncomplaining. Wang Lung prospers. He buys more land, and O-Lan gives birth to two sons and a daughter. Meanwhile, the Great House begins to decline.
The Emperor's Candlesticks, 1h29
Directed by George Fitzmaurice
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Spy, Historical, Romance
Themes Spy films
Actors Luise Rainer, William Powell, Robert Young, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Morgan, Henry Stephenson
Roles Countess Olga Mironova
Rating65% 3.2938453.2938453.2938453.2938453.293845
While visiting Vienna incognito, Russian Grand Duke Peter (Robert Young) is lured away from a masquerade ball by the beautiful Maria (Maureen O'Sullivan), only to find himself the prisoner of Polish nationalists. Peter is made to write a letter to his father, the Czar of Russia, offering to exchange him for Maria's father, who has been sentenced to be executed.
The Great Ziegfeld, 3h5
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Toni Mannix, Fanny Brice
Roles Anna Held
Rating67% 3.3980753.3980753.3980753.3980753.398075
The son of a highly respected music professor, Florenz "Flo" Ziegfeld, Jr. yearns to make his mark in show business. He begins by promoting Eugen Sandow, the "world's strongest man", at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, overcoming the competition of rival Billings and his popular attraction, belly dancer Little Egypt, with savvy marketing (allowing women to feel Sandow's muscles).
Escapade (1935)

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors William Powell, Luise Rainer, Frank Morgan, Virginia Bruce, Mady Christians, Reginald Owen
Roles Leopoldine Dur
Rating69% 3.470433.470433.470433.470433.47043
Set somewhere in Vienna in the 1900s (decade), the film opens with a successful surgeon (Morgan), feeing for the affection of his wife (Bruce). As does his brother, a concert conductor (Owen), for his flirtatious gal (Christians). Both women have something in common: they are in love with a philandering painter (Powell). The surgeon's wife contacts the artist and allows herself to be painted while only dressed in furs, with her face covered by a mask. The painting headlines the newspapers, and the entire city wonders who the mysterious masked lady is. The surgeon recognizes his fiancee's wife's furs in the painting, and is troubled. He is unaware that his own wife has borrowed the fur, though, and feels terribly sorry for his brother.
Sehnsucht 202, 1h26
Directed by Max Neufeld
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Musical films
Actors Magda Schneider, Luise Rainer, Paul Kemp, Attila Hörbiger
Roles Kitty
Rating66% 3.300273.300273.300273.300273.30027
Set in Vienna, the film focuses on Magda and Kitty, two young women who reply to a newspaper advertisement and are contacted by the two young owners of a parfume store. Because their replies were confused with that of a flirtatious stenographer, the two men have different intentions than the girls and complications ensue.