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Luise Rainer: Two-Time Oscar Winner Dies At 104

Tue, December 30, 2014 7:41am EDT by Lauren Cox 1 Comment
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So sad. After a long, successful life, Oscar winning actress Luise Rainer has passed away.

Luise Rainer, 104, was part of Hollywood’s “golden era.” In the 1930’s, the German-born actress won Best Actress back-to-back at the Academy Awards. Sadly, Luise’s life came to an end inside her London, England home.

Luise Rainer Dies At 104 Years Old — Oscar Winner

Wow. We should all be so lucky to live to see 104.

After a century-long life, and a successful acting career that began in the early 30’s, Luise Rainer died of pneumonia inside her family home in London.

Luise’s daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, is her only survivor, and she confirmed the sad news to the BBC, reports Variety.

Luise was married twice, with her first marriage to playwright Clifford Odets in 1937 only lasting three years. However, her she married again in 1944 to a publisher named Robert Knittel, and their relationship lasted until he sadly passed away in 1989.

Her last appearance on film was as The Grandmother in the 1997 Hungarian film, The Gambler.

Our thoughts go out to Luise’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Luise: The First Actress To Win Back-To-Back Oscars

Although her career as an actress on film and in television lasted over 6 decades, Luise made history as the first actress to nab the Best Actress award the Oscars not once, but twice.

Believe it or not, Luise won the first award for her role in The Great Ziegfeld in 1936. Then, the following year in 1937, she won the very same award for The Good Earth.

There are only four other actors in the history of Hollywood who have won consecutive Oscars: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards and Tom Hanks.

— Lauren Cox

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