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Old 30-12-2014, 12:44
Walter Neff
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German born Luise Rainer, the first actress to win consecutive Oscar's in the 1930's has died at the age of 104.

She appeared in a number of German films before being discovered and signed by the mighty MGM in 1935. Just one year later she won her first Oscar as Best Actress of 1936 for her role in The Great Ziegfield.

The following year she won her second Oscar as the Chinese peasant in The Good Earth, although many of us thought that it should have gone to Barbara Stanwyck for her shattering performance as "Stella Dallas."

Garbo was another nominee that year for what was probably her most famous role as "Camille."

Ironically, those two Oscars were the kiss of death as far as Rainer's Hollywood career was concerned. After clashing with MGM over her loss of artistic freedom, and then losing the role of Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls to Bergman, she broke her contract. She later said, "I was a machine, practically a tool in a big factory, and I could not do anything. So I left, I fled, yes, I fled."

Rainer was married twice, her first husband was playwright Clifford Odets (Golden Boy, Clash By Night, The Country Girl, The Big Knife).
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Old 30-12-2014, 12:51
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She lived a long life, its sad she was so unhappy at MGM RIP
One story I heard was when Reiner said to Mayer - "You are now 50/60, I'm in my twenties. When I'm 40, and I'm as old as the actresses who are very successful - you're dead, and thats probably when I'm going to live"
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Old 30-12-2014, 13:03
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I know of her but never saw her films. 104 years of life. Impressive

I think I know of her more for the fact she was perhaps the very first victim of "the oscar curse". I remember doing research into old hollywood movie stars and of course she was one of them.

RIP
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Old 30-12-2014, 14:50
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One of the last links to the golden age of hollywood, I love her performance in The Great Ziegfeld
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Old 30-12-2014, 15:06
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One of the last links to old Hollywood has sadly gone

I had an awful feeling thered be another one before this year was out but hoped I was wrong.

Luise while experiencing the curse of Oscars that affects some by many accounts including her own has enjoyed a wonderful life.
I believe she partially attributes her longevity to a life that was lived more than worked!
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Old 30-12-2014, 22:26
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http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014...-dies-aged-104

A furthur article reflecting on todays sad news.

Luise did seem to shun Hollywood without actually being contemptous or ott in her criticism of individuals.
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Old 01-01-2015, 14:06
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That's sad, though not unexpected. I remember her from TV screenings of The Good Earth, The Emperor's Candlesticks & The Great Waltz.

I think we've now lost all the Oscar winning actors from the 1930's (Mickey Rooney and Shirley Temple, who also died in 2014, won special Juvenile Oscars).
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Old 01-01-2015, 14:24
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Olivia De Havilland is still alive. She's 98. Although she won both her oscars in the 1940's, but it was the 1930's where she made her debut in films.
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