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Luise Rainer Dead - Double Oscar Winning Actress Dies at 104

Luise Rainer Dead - Double Oscar Winning Actress Dies at 104

Luise Rainer, the first actress to ever win back-to-back Oscars during Hollywood’s golden era, has passed away at the age of 104.

She passed away at her London, England home after battling pneumonia, her daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer said.

“She was bigger than life and can charm the birds out of the trees,” Francesca said (via People). “If you saw her, you’d never forget her.”

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

Our thoughts are with Luise‘s friends and loved ones during this time. Pictured below: Luise back in 2011 (left) and Luise posing for a photo back in 1937 (right).

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  • GFW™

    “The Good Earth” was one of my favorite movies.

    She was a looker; and look at her later, still holding that flame within. What an inspiration she is. Sad to see her go, had no idea she was alive, but this is what’s best about Just Jared IMO, it brings it all to us.

  • Cate

    May she rest in peace. It’s so sad every time we lose another legend linking us to Hollywood’s golden age.

  • bap

    May the Great Lady rest in peace! Loved The Good Earth!

  • Shivani Yadav
  • Manny Espinola

    “Our thoughts are with Luise‘s friends…”

    At 104, I doubt if she has any friends left younger than 90 who are still lucid. If there are, pls share – that’s worth another story!