Luise Rainer Net Worth

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Luise Rainer Wiki Biography

Luise Rainer is a retired German-born Austrian and American film actress. She was the first actor to win multiple Academy Awards and the first person to win them consecutively. She was discovered by American studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scouts while acting on stage in A...

Full NameLuise Rainer
Net Worth$1.5 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 12, 1910, Düsseldorf, Germany
DiedDecember 30, 2014, London, United Kingdom
Place Of BirthDüsseldorf
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
ProfessionFilm actress
SpouseRobert Knittel (m. 1945–1989), Clifford Odets (m. 1937–1940)
ChildrenFrancesca Knittel-Bowyer
ParentsEmilie Königsberger, Heinrich Rainer
NicknamesLouise Rainer , The Viennese Teardrop
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Actress
MoviesEscapade, The Great Ziegfeld, The Good Earth, Big City, The Emperor's Candlesticks, The Toy Wife, The Great Waltz, Dramatic School, Hostages, The Gambler, Sehnsucht 202
TV ShowsMGM: When the Lion Roars
1[on The Good Earth (1937)] I had a wonderful director, Sidney Franklin. I worked from inside out. It's not for me, putting on a face, or putting on makeup, or making masquerade. It has to come from inside out. I knew what I wanted to do and he let me do it. Hollywood was a very strange place. To me, it was like a huge hotel with a huge door, one of those rotunda doors. On one side people went in, heads high, and very soon they came out on the other side, heads hanging.
2My greatest regret is that I have not given out much, much more, because inside me there is much, much more that I would have liked to give. It sounds arrogant, but it is the truth: I do not feel I have given out even part of what I can give out.
3[on the bombing of Kosovo] How can you close your eyes and say this has nothing to do with me? I'm not speaking about politics. Politics is a terrible thing. Everyone wants power.
4[on Ascension Island in 1944] On Christmas night, I danced with all kinds of fellows with pimples and all kinds of sores. I suddenly felt, 'What is this being shy? I have to give myself, I just felt I didn't want to be shy, I didn't want to draw away, but give myself, I mean, not physically, but be there. It was a great lesson also for me, this tour through Africa and Italy during the war.
5In my day, making films was like working in a factory. You were a piece of machinery with no rights.
6My acting was from the inside out. I don't believe in anything artificial. I don't believe in makeup. It has to come from you like a child you give birth to. That is how you act.
7I'll tell you a wonderful story. Coming with all of these ideas that I had, and still have, and still feel because I never change and still believe in the same things. Soon after I was there in Hollywood, for some reason I was at a lun­cheon with Robert Taylor sitting next to me, and I asked him, 'Now, what are your ideas or what do you want to do,' and his answer was that he wanted to have 10 good suits to wear, elegant suits of all kinds, that was his idea. I practically fell under the table.
8The secret of a long life is to never trust a doctor.
9I was never proud of anything. I just did it like everything else. To do a film - let me explain to you - it's like having a baby. You labor, you labor, you labor, and then you have it. And then it grows up and it grows away from you. But to be proud of giving birth to a baby? Proud? No, every cow can do that.
10I was nobody to make a pass to. I was very thin like a boy and I was very un-sexy.
11I don't believe in acting. I think that people in life act, but when you are on the stage, or in my case also on screen, you have to be true.
12[on her comeback role] It's certainly not an Academy Award part, and thank goodness, my bosses don't expect me to win an award with it. No, this is something unspectacular but I hope, a step back in the right direction.
13[on her comeback] All the professor and the other students cared about was whether I could answer the questions, not whether I could come to class looking glamorous. But after that brief return to the stage, I began to realize that all the doors which had been opened to me in Europe, and all the work I had been able to accomplish for refugee children, was due to the fact that people knew me from my screen work. I began to feel a sense of responsibility to a job which I had started and never finished. When I also felt, after that experience at Dennis, that perhaps I did have talent after all, and that my too-sudden stardom was not just a matter of happy accident, I decided to go back.
14[on quitting Hollywood] I was very young. There were a lot of things I was unprepared for. I was too honest, I talked serious instead of with my eyelashes and Hollywood thought I was cuckoo. I worked in seven big pictures in three years. I have to be inspired to give a good performance. I complained to a studio executive that the source was dried up. The executive told me, 'Why worry about the source. Let the director worry about that.' I didn't run away from anybody in Hollywood. I ran away from myself.
15[on her first husband Clifford Odets] All the acting I've done on the stage or screen has been nothing compared to the acting I did in New York, when I tried to make everyone think I was happy - and my heart was breaking.
16[on MGM chief Louis B. Mayer] He said, 'That girl is a Frankenstein, she's going to ruin our whole firm. We made you and we are going to destroy you.' Well, he tried his best.
17I always considered myself the world's worst actress.
18The Oscar is not a curse. The real curse is that once you have an Oscar they think you can do anything.
19[2003, referring to her Academy Award win in 1937] No one in Europe had never heard of it. I didn't know what it was, it didn't mean anything to me.
20[2003] It was not the thing that I strived for because, you see, today's Academy Award is - Oh God! The thing everyone longs for.
21[to MGM chief Louis B. Mayer when she walked out on her contract] You are now 60 and I am 20. When I am 40, the age of a successful actress, you will be dead and I will live.
22For my second and third pictures I won Academy Awards. Nothing worse could have happened to me. When I got two Oscars, they thought 'Oh, they can throw me into anything'. I was a machine, practically a tool in a big, big factory, and I could not do anything. And so I left. I just went away. I fled. Yes, I fled.
1Delivered her daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer via Caesarean section.
2Is one of 11 actresses who won the Best Actress Oscar for a move that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for The Great Ziegfeld (1936)). The others are Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment (1983), Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Jodie Foster for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
3With her soulful eyes, luminous beauty and an emotional intensity that melted hearts, Luise Rainer was well on her way to becoming a queen of Hollywood after only a handful of movies in the 1930s. Her wrenching performance in the 1936 feature film "The Great Ziegfeld" -- memorable for the telephone scene in which her character smiles through tears to congratulate ex-husband Flo Ziegfeld on his remarriage -- brought Rainer's first Academy Award. The next year, as a Chinese peasant in the Pearl Buck saga "The Good Earth" (1937), she won again, becoming at age 28 the first actor to win back-to-back Oscars. But Rainer was not a conventional star. She refused to wear glamorous clothes or makeup. She disparaged Hollywood people, preferring the company of George Gershwin, Thomas Mann, Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein and other intellectuals and artists. And she clashed with studio boss Louis B. Mayer over her roles. She wanted to play substantial women, like Madame Curie. Mayer put her in "The Toy Wife" (1938). "We made you and we're going to kill you," Mayer warned the German-born actress after a particularly bitter confrontation. He quickly made good on his threat, ruining her career so completely that, as film historian David Thomson later wrote, her two Oscar statuettes "might have been voodoo dolls". Rainer, whose meteoric rise and rapid descent mystified movie fans for decades. She made only a half-dozen movies before turning her back on Hollywood -- leaving her troubled marriage to left-wing playwright Clifford Odets. She appeared only occasionally on stage and in television and film over the next decades. In her final movie role, Rainer played a grandmother in Karoly Makk's "The Gambler" (1997), based on the Dostoevsky novel, for which she was widely praised. But she mostly lived a quiet life in Europe with British publisher Robert Knittel, whom she married in 1945. Knitted died in 1989.
4Her death at 104 make her the longest living recipient of a Academy Award for acting.
5Was the 10th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) at The 9th Academy Awards on March 4, 1937.
6Grandmother to Luisa and Nicole, and great-grandmother to Luca and Hunter.
7Currently lives in Eaton Square, London, in an apartment once occupied by Vivien Leigh. [2004]
8Still lives in London. [January 2010]
9On January 12th, 2010, Louise celebrated her 100th birthday. She is still fairly active and spry for her age. [January 2010]
10Returned to work 14 months after giving birth to her daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer to begin performing in the US tour of "Joan of Lorraine", replacing Ingrid Bergman in the title role.
11Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Francesca Knittel-Bowyer on June 2, 1946. Child's father is her now late 2nd husband, Robert Knittel.
12Gave her 1937 Best Actress Oscar for The Good Earth (1937) to removal men who helped her relocate from Switzerland to London in 1989; she had been using the award as a doorstep for years and it was bent out of shape.
13Was in consideration for the role of Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943) but Ingrid Bergman, who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
14The first multiple Oscar-winning actor or actress to reach the age of 100. Followed by Olivia de Havilland in 2016.
15Considers her performance as O-Lan Ling in The Good Earth (1937) to be her finest on film.
16She is the youngest person to ever win a second Oscar (aged 28, for The Good Earth (1937) ) beating Jodie Foster who was 29 years old when she won for The Silence of the Lambs (1991) .
17As of 2014, at 104 years old, she was the oldest living Oscar winner.
18As of 2013, she is only one of 6 actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1951); Helen Hayes for The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970); Kevin Spacey for The Usual Suspects (1995) and American Beauty (1999); Hilary Swank for Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Million Dollar Baby (2004); and Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012).
19Parents were Heinrich Rainer and his wife Emilie Königsberger.
20Became a US citizen in the 1940s.
21She is mentioned in the novel 'Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote . When discussing Holly Golightly's chances of making it the Hollywood agent O.J. Berman says, "If you mean future, you're wrong again. Now a couple of years back, out on the Coast, there was a time it could've been different. She had something working for her, she had them interested, she could've really rolled. But when you walk out on a thing like that, you don't walk back. Ask Luise Rainer. And Rainer was a star. Sure, Holly was no star; she never got out of the still department. But that was before The Story of Dr. Wassell. Then she could've really rolled. I know, see, cause I'm the guy was giving her the push.".
22One of two actresses born in Germany to win the Oscar; the other being Simone Signoret.
23She shares the honor of having several firsts with the Academy Awards. She was the first actor to achieve the perfect Oscar track record (two nominations-two wins). She was the first actor to receive double Oscars consecutively. She was the first to obtain two Oscars and was the first to achieve double Oscars before turning 30. She was the first actress to win an Academy Award for portraying a real-life person (The Great Ziegfeld (1936)).
24Of all the living winners of a competitive Oscar she has had hers the longest (as of 2013) - 77 years. She last won in 1937 for The Good Earth (1937).
25When the Academy decided to bring back past Oscar winners in 1997 and 2002 for their Oscar Family Album, despite frail health, Ms. Rainer happily agreed to travel from London to Hollywood to attend both ceremonies. She remarked "If I don't show up they'll think I'm dead!" both times.
26Federico Fellini offered her a part in his 1960 film La Dolce Vita (1960), and a scene was written specifically for her. She was not happy with the character, however, and asked for rewrites to be done. Ultimately Fellini abandoned the idea due to these demands, much to her chagrin.
27Attended the 75th Academy Awards and appeared in the Oscar winner tribute sequence introduced by Olivia de Havilland. Was the most senior member of the Oscar Tribute sequence at the The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003).
28Was the first actor/actress to win back-to-back Acadamy Awards for her performances in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937). She was also the first actor/actress to win two Academy Awards. The following year, 1938, Spencer Tracy , Bette Davis and Walter Brennan also became double Oscar winners.
29Her second husband, Robert Knittel, was a New York publisher whom she married in 1945. They had one child, Francesca.
30Was forced to attend the Oscar ceremony by Louis B. Mayer to receive her Oscar. In the early Academy Awards ceremonies the winners were announced beforehand in the newspapers. A team of MGM staff arrived at her house and made her dress in appropriate evening wear, and rushed her to the show - just in time.
31A non-conformist to the MGM star-system, she used to parade around Hollywood untidily dressed, usually with no make-up and wearing pants. Her non-conformist style of behavior cost Ms. Rainer her contract with MGM in the late '30s.
32Was coaxed out of a 20-year retirement to appear on Combat!: Finest Hour (1965).


The Gambler1997Grandmother
A Dancer1991TV MovieAnna
The Love Boat1984TV SeriesDorothy Fielding / Maggie Koerner
Combat!1965TV SeriesCountess De Roy
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre1950-1957TV SeriesInga Arlberg / Nina
Der erste Kuß1954
Suspense1954TV Series
Lux Video Theatre1950-1953TV SeriesCaroline / Mrs. Page
Schlitz Playhouse1952TV SeriesChambermaid
Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre1951TV Series
By Candlelight1949TV MovieElizabeth
The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre1949TV Series
Hostages1943Milada Pressinger
Dramatic School1938Louise Mauban
The Great Waltz1938Poldi Vogelhuber
The Toy Wife1938Gilberte 'Frou Frou' Brigard
Big City1937Anna Benton
The Emperor's Candlesticks1937Countess Olga Mironova
The Good Earth1937O-Lan
The Great Ziegfeld1936Anna Held
Escapade1935Leopoldine Dur
Heut' kommt's drauf an1933Marita Costa
Madame hat Besuch1932
Sehnsucht 2021932Kitty (as Louise Rainer)


The Great Ziegfeld1936performer: "Won't You Come and Play with Me", "It's Delightful to Be Married" 1907 - uncredited


TCM: Twenty Classic Moments2014TV Movie documentary special thanks
Ziegfeld on Film2004Video documentary short special thanks


Brisant2011TV Series documentaryHerself
Prominent!2011TV SeriesHerself
Luise Rainer: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival2011TV Movie documentaryHerself
Noi che abbiamo fatto la dolce vita2009DocumentaryHerself
American Masters2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Chinese2007DocumentaryHerself
Behind Poem2004Video documentaryHerself
Ziegfeld on Film2004Video documentary shortHerself / Anna Held ('The Great Ziegfeld')
Poem: I Set My Foot Upon the Air and It Carried Me2003Herself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner
75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History2003TV Special documentaryHerself - Interviewee
Greta Garbo: A Lone Star2001TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The South Bank Show2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Boulevard Bio1998TV SeriesHerself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Past Winner (uncredited)
MGM: When the Lion Roars1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHerself
The 55th Annual Academy Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Filmemigration aus Nazideutschland1975TV Series documentaryHimself
Girl Talk1965TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Ed Sullivan Show1949-1959TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Actress
The 25th Annual Academy Awards1953TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Another Romance of Celluloid1938Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 81937Documentary shortHerself
The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention1937Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Imprescindibles2011TV SeriesHerself
Protagonistas del recuerdo2006TV SeriesHerself
La imagen de tu vida2006TV SeriesHerself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHerself
80s2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment! III1994DocumentaryPerformer in Clip from 'The Great Ziegfeld' (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1958-1959TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee / Herself
Some of the Best1943DocumentaryAnna Held in The Great Ziegfeld / O-Lan in The Good Earth (uncredited)
Cavalcade of the Academy Awards1940Documentary short
Land of Liberty1939
The Romance of Celluloid1937ShortAnna Benton

Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6300 Hollywood Blvd.
1938OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Good Earth (1937)
1937OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Great Ziegfeld (1936)
1937NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Great Ziegfeld (1936)

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