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Happy 100th birthday, Luise Rainer

January 12, 2010 | 10:34 am
Luise rainer

The oldest living Oscar winner turns 100 today — Luise Rainer, who claimed consecutive Academy Awards as best actress for "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) and "The Good Earth" (1937).

"For my second and third pictures, I won Academy Awards," she once said. "Nothing worse could have happened to me."

After her double victory, the German-born star received disappointing roles from MGM and poor reviews from film critics, so she fled Hollywood for Europe. Today, she's thought of widely as one of the best examples of the notorious Oscar Curse.

What does she think of that? And the Winner Is blogger Scott Feinberg recently chatted with her in London. Check out their podcast chats here.

Read what our forum posters say about Rainer's Oscar legacy, film career and birthday wishes here.

Photos: MGM

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