If Jennifer Lawrence takes home another Oscar this year, she will become the youngest person to ever win twice for acting. With a Golden Globe already on her shelf for “American Hustle,” she is certainly a frontrunner to achieve this feat.
The record is currently held by Luise Rainer, who was the first actress to win consecutive times, for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1937) and “The Good Earth” (1938) when she was 27 and 28 years old.
Next on that list is Jodie Foster, who was 26 when she won at the 1989 ceremony for “The Accused” and age 29 three years later for “The Silence of the Lambs.” Bette Davis is just after Foster with a win at age 27 for “Dangerous” and age 30 for “Jezebel” (all years in this article refer to ceremonies, not film releases).
Among men, the record for youth is held by Robert De Niro. He prevailed at age 31 for “The Godfather, Part II” in 1975 and then at age 37 for “Raging Bull” in 1981. Close behind is Tom Hanks, who won back-to-back at age 37 and 38 for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” Spencer Tracy was also 37 (“Captains Courageous”) and 38 (“Boys Town”) but a few months older than Hanks.
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