Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer

Highest Rated: 95% The Good Earth (1937)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Gambler (1997)

Birthday: Jan 12, 1910

Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

Like many compatriots in the pre-war central European arts community, Luise Rainer escaped the fascist clouds gathering over Europe to become one of the leading lights of Hollywood's German expatriate community, and the first actor of any origin to win two Academy Awards back-to-back. An up-and-coming star in Germany upon the Nazi party's rise to power in 1933, she emigrated soon after, signing on with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and making her Hollywood debut in "Escapade" (1936). She soon had landed her first Oscar for her performance in "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) and won it again the following year for her role in "The Good Earth" (1937). She made nearly as much buzz challenging the reign of the studio moguls, clashing with boss Louie B. Mayer until he made an example of her. Though Rainer's decline would be cavalierly chalked up to an "Oscar curse," Mayer - and by some estimates the actor's own Old School expressionistic acting style - subsequently denied her choice parts and prestige projects, prompting her to quit Hollywood after only seven years in the movie business. She would try her hand at the stage, including some star turns on Broadway, but would mostly be seen thereafter in odd TV projects in the U.S. and U.K. and, much later, in the European film "The Gambler" (1997). A classic thespian import of Old World style, Rainer's legacy would necessarily carry a cautionary example of how the bygone studio system would slap down even one of its most luminous stars. She died in London on December 30, 2014, at the remarkable age of 104.

Highest rated movies

The Good Earth
The Great Ziegfeld
The Gambler




No Score Yet No Score Yet Poem: I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me Self - 2003
14% 71% The Gambler Grandmother (Character) $9.1K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostages Milada Pressinger (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 56% The Great Waltz Poldi Vogelhuber (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Toy Wife Gilberte `'Frou Frou'` Brigard (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dramatic School Louise Mauban (Character) - 1938
95% 76% The Good Earth O-Lan (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Skyscraper Wilderness Anna Benton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 62% The Big City Anna Benton (Character) - 1937
No Score Yet 53% The Emperor's Candlesticks Countess Olga Mironova (Character) - 1937
72% 50% The Great Ziegfeld Anna Held (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escapade Leopoldine Dur (Character) - 1935


No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1954