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Luise Rainer

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Also Known As: Died: December 30, 2014
Born: January 12, 1910 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Düsseldorf, , DE Profession: Cast ...


Rainer has had two solo exhibitions of her paintings in London.

Reportedly, she turned down an offer from Federico Fellini to appear in "La Dolce Vita" (1960) because she refused to go to bed on-screen with Marcello Mastroianni. She failed to land the role of Marie Curie (Greer Garson got the part) and lost the female lead in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943) to Ingrid Bergman and, after moving to NYC and doing some theater there, rejected Tennessee Williams' invitation to appear in "The Glass Menagerie".

"Hollywood? I felt very alone in Hollywood. I couldn't wait to get out. I hated the films they asked me to make. They put me on a pedastal in Hollywood--and I didn't like being put on a pedestel." --Luise Rainer to LOS ANGELES TIMES, October, 26, 1997

"I'm proud of one thing. I'm proud of having emerged unscathed without liquor or dope after 50 years of mostly not doing my work. I'm healthy and I kept healthy. When I see the dissipation of most actresses who don't work any more, I feel very lucky." --Luise Rainer in LOS ANGELES TIMES, October 26, 1997

About receiving an invitation to a sceening for "The Gambler" and seeing her name at the bottom of the cast list in smaller print than the others: "I'm furious. I've been living in the background, and that's been fine because that's my life; I'm a little fly like everybody else. But I still have a name. I'm supposed to be a very good actress. And now when I do something--and for charity money--and I give interviews and help them a great deal ... I find this invitation an insult." --Rainer in the London TIMES, November 6, 1997

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