luise rainer photoOn Jan. 12, 2010, Luise Rainer will turn 100. To most current movie fans, Rainer's name could be that of any centenarian Willard Scott might salute on 'The Today Show.' But Rainer, a German-born actress of delicate beauty and skill, is a screen legend -- one of the last of Hollywood's golden age.

Rainer won the 1936 Best Actress Oscar for 'The Great Ziegfeld.' Then, the next year, facing competition like Greta Garbo in 'Camille,' she won another Best Actress Oscar for 'The Good Earth.' In so doing, she became the first-ever back-to-back Oscar-winner -- a feat accomplished since then only by Spencer Tracy (1937 and 1938), Katharine Hepburn (1967 and 1968), Jason Robards (1976 and 1977) and Tom Hanks (1993 and 1994).

Unlike the other back-to-back winners, however, Rainer's career faded, partly due to conflicts with MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer. Still, what a colorful life -- first marriage to legendary playwright Clifford Odets; second (and more successful) marriage and child; occasional stage and film projects; and a dramatic screen return for 'The Gambler' in 1997. Happy birthday, Ms. Rainer! Here are nine other Hollywood figures who lived to 100.
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