Rainer, the German-born Austrian and American film actress who won back-to-back
Oscars in the 1930s, took her Oscars with her to the great beyond on December
30, 2014, at the very ripe old age of 104. The cause of death was pneumonia, and
the place of death was foggy old London, which makes for a horrible combination
for a cause of death. She was, at the time she clocked out, the oldest living
Oscar winner, a feat that will most likely not be repeated, since all other
Oscar winners tend to drop off like bags of wet cement long before that.
Rainer won the Oscar for best actress in 1936 for her role in The Great
and in 1937 for her role in The Good Earth
Apparently the words "Great" and "Good" didn't keep her
head above water afterward, for her acting career took a nosedive, and she was
reduced to a trivia question who was seldom heard from again. While she blamed
her twin golden boys for the decline in her acting career, it was more likely
because of a huge field of heavy-hitting contenders who outshined her and left
her lagging behind.
So long, Luise, and thanks for making a happy end of the year for Dead People
Server Curator, Eternity Tours, Joan Harvey, Loki, Moldy Oldies, and The Wiz (1
point for hit + 10 year-end bonus points).
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