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Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies

Luise Rainer, star of cinema's golden era who first won consecutive acting Oscars, dead at 104

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies

LONDON (AP) -- Luise Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104.

Rainer's daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told The Associated Press her mother died Tuesday at her home in London from pneumonia.

The big-eyed, apple-cheeked Rainer gained Hollywood immortality by becoming the first person to win an acting Academy Award consecutively, taking the best actress prize for "The Great Ziegfeld" in 1936 and "The Good Earth" in 1937.

It's a feat since achieved by only four other actors.

Those trophies marked the peak of Rainer's career, which declined so rapidly that many considered her an early victim of "the curse of the Oscars." She fled Hollywood and spent most of her later life in England.


Updated : 2020-12-03 00:11 GMT+08:00