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  • Luise Rainer

    Born on January 12, 1910 in Düsseldorf, Germany

awards & nominations

The Good Earth (1937)

Luise Rainer as "O-Lan"

Inspired by a Pearl S. Buck novel, this inspiring drama follows the many ups and downs in the lives of Chinese farmers Wang Lung (Paul Muni) and O-Lan (Luise Rainer). Though the couple initially finds success farming their land, their fortunes decline, and lean times follow. Later, when Wang Lung and O-Lan once again reap bountiful harvests and raise a family, the presence of the beautiful young Lotus (Tilly Losch) complicates their lives further.

Academy Award (1937) Won Best Actress

The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

Luise Rainer as "Anna Held"

This lively biopic depicts the rise of Florenz Ziegfeld (William Powell), a theater producer who became renowned during the 1920s for his lavish stage productions. Starting out by promoting individual performers, Ziegfeld established revues featuring dozens of women, shows that developed into his famous Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. His appreciation of women is also apparent off-stage, leading to a love triangle involving actresses Anna Held (Luise Rainer) and Billie Burke (Myrna Loy).

Academy Award (1936) Won Best Actress

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