The Jewish actress Luise Rainer was already a respected young actor in Germany, as her from the Nazis fled to the United States. She received her training from 1927 to 1928 at the School of performing arts, was connected to the Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf from Louise Dumont and Gustav Lindemann. An initial commitment was followed from 1928 to 1931 at the Schauspielhaus, when it was engaged at the Public Theater in Vienna. Louis B. Mayer in 1935 was personally launched for MGM contract and the actress as an Austrian. It was marketed as a new Greta Garbo, the same method applied to Mayer also Hedwig Kiesler, which he renamed to Hedy Lamarr.
Luise Rainer had her breakthrough was 1935, on the side of William Powell in Escapade, after a strike Myrna Loy for more money and declined the role. In addition to Powell, the Rainer acted in two films. Even with its second role as Anna Held in the elaborately produced musical The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 she received the Oscar for best actress. Was the famous scene in which Anna Held, freshly divorced from Ziegfeld, congratulations on the phone that his new marriage, while hiding her tears behind a smile. Such scenes were later become a trademark of Rainer, who won for the presentation and the New York Film Critics Circle Award. Because of their emotional film appearances, they even got the nickname "the Vienna tear" - "The Viennese Teardrop".
The next year, Rainer was employed in The Good Earth as a Chinese peasant woman who experienced the famine and revolution and sacrificed himself for her husband and family. The role of O-lan has little text, and Luise Rainer won by facial expressions and gestures. To everyone's surprise, so Rainer won her second Oscar. Her career, however, collapsed in 1938, when the public showed little interest in their films. That may have been lying from the fact that they usually began as an MGM langleidende wife. She was also in the studio to be difficult and was also married with the avowed Communists Clifford Odets.
In the 40s she made a movie in the U.S. before they are permanently retired to London. There was a shortage in the later years of promotions for a comeback. It should play in Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita, but when she realized that she should turn a bed scene with Marcello Mastroianni, she went hurriedly from the filming in Rome again. Afterwards, the retired actress and only returned for two guest appearances on the screen. 1997 Luise Rainer was even see it again in a feature film, as her grandmother in the movie The Player by Károly Makk based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Rainer was in her second marriage happily married to the publisher Robert Knittel. They have a daughter.
Luise Rainer is still the only German actor who won an Oscar as best actress, and she was before Spencer Tracy, the first person to be successful two years in a row in one of the most important categories. She traveled twice to Los Angeles to an Academy Awards: 1998 and 2003. In addition, we have honored her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Currently she is the oldest Oscar winner ever, which is still alive.