Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Luise Rainer Dead At 104

Luise Rainer, the first actress to ever receive back-to-back Oscar wins during Hollywood's golden era, has died. She was 104.  

According to her daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, Rainer passed away at her London, England residence after battling pneumonia.

"She was bigger than life and can charm the birds out of the trees," Knittel-Bowyer was quoted as saying (via People), adding: "If you saw her, you'd never forget her."

Rainer won the Best Actress Oscar for "The Great Ziegfeld" in 1936 and "The Good Earth" in 1937. Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Jason Robards and Tom Hanks are the only other actors to ever win back-to-back Oscars. Luise was the first person to manage the feat.

R.I.P Luise Rainer

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