watching the wretched People’s Choice Awards last night starved as I was for
some Hollywood glitz and glam and not knowing who most of the winner’s were, I
harkened back to the 30s when stars were stars!
shone the brightest, if briefly, was the magnificent Luise Rainer, who became
& remains the youngest double oscar winner ever and the first to win back
to back acting oscars. The lovely Viennese teardrop won best actress for The Great Ziegfeld (best pic
oscar winner of 1936), then again the next year for The Good Earth opposite
Paul Muni, who also won best actor in ’37 but for The Story of Louis Pasteur.
Was evidently brought in
to MGM replace a difficult Greta Garbo only to herself to prove even more of a
feisty so and so. Saw her while she was in her 100s at TCM. She was a force to
be reckoned with, let me tell you.
A hearty 102nd happy
birthday to the lovely Luise!!
There was a screenwriter – one of many young females who rose in the profession in the 1920s – who died last week at the age of 111 (Frederica Sagor Maas). Almost certainly the oldest age reached by anyone with a significant film credit. (She co-wrote the film that made Clara Bow a star).
Ooooh, I love Louise Rainer!!! Happy Birthday, indeed! If only she had another 102 in her. Some people really DO need to live forever.
Speaking of which, that includes Clara Bow! Bless her heart. It pains me to know she spent any time in any sanitarium when Ethel Charles still walks the cobblestone streets, sin shrouded in twilight.
She has now lived one month longer than one of my grandmothers did.
Just watched the good earth last nite, what a sweet performance.
One of my best friends in the former GD loved her a lot.
So everytime i read her name, i think on him.
So happy birthday to Miss Rainer
Tom, I was impressed by Frederica’s longevity. I heard she
was officially the 3rd oldest person of California up until her demise. Imagine
having work the that fabulous flapper Clara Bow and still be alive to talk
about up until recently!
Hypo, I astonish myself even, being able to drag myself outta
bed still to this day, after all I’ve seen and done, not to mention some of the
antics you and I partook in together in our starry past.
for Ms Rainer, she is a lady of wild extremes it seems to me. Sweet as a puppy
and strong like a bull, someone who could bring Joan Crawford to her knees,
someone who would arrive on set and direct the picture herself and evidently a narcissist
of the highest order! Despite her short time at the top, the youngest to win
two Oscars, first back to back and currently the oldest surviving Oscar winner.
Anyone know if she’s the oldest Oscar winner to ever had lived! When I saw her
in 2010 in Hollywood, she regaled us with tales of Mayer, Garbo, Odets, her Oscar
wins, etc. Most vibrant and fascinating.