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Actress From Hollywood’s Golden Age Dead at 104 — She Made History as the First to Win Back-to-Back Oscars

Dec 30, 2014  •  Post A Comment

The woman who became the first actress in history of Hollywood to win back-to-back Academy Awards has died. BBC News reports that Luise Rainer died at age 104.

The German-born Rainer made her Hollywood debut in 1935, and just a year later won an Oscar for best actress for “The Great Ziegfeld.” She followed up with another best actress Oscar the following year, for “The Good Earth.”

The back-to-back acting Oscars have only been matched by four other actors, according to the report: Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Jason Robards and Tom Hanks.

“Her achievement made her a force in the golden age of Hollywood cinema, but was also a curse,” the article reports, noting that Rainer made her last major film in 1943.

“She settled in London and made occasional appearances on film and TV,” the report notes. “Rainer appeared in US small screen series ‘The Loveboat’ in 1984, while her last substantial film role came in 1998, playing opposite Michael Gambon and Dominic West in ‘The Gambler.'”

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