Luise Rainer, First to Win Back-to-Back Acting Oscars, Dies at 104
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|Luise Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era and the first person ever to win back-to-back acting Oscars, has died of pneumonia, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. She was 104 and would have turned 105 on Jan. 12. The instinctive actress captured back-to-back Academy Awards for The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 and The Good Earth in 1937 then shockingly turned her back on Hollywood. Rainer, who also appeared in classic TV show The Love Boat, died Tuesday at her home in London, the AP and BBC quoted her only daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, as saying.
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