Saturday, January 12, 2013
Happy Birthday, Luise Rainer!
Spencer Tracy did it. Tom Hanks did it. But actress Luise Rainer was the first. She made Hollywood history as the first performer to win consecutive Academy Awards. She won the Best Actress Oscar for 1936's The Great Ziegfeld. She won her next Best Actress Oscar for 1937's The Good Earth. Luise Rainer was a radiant new star.
The gifted Daniel Day-Lewis seems to be on his way to making Hollywood history as the first man to win three Best Actor Academy Awards. The two-time winner is nominated for his performance as the American president, Lincoln. Oscar, the Hollywood golden boy, loves bio pics! Think about it. Adrien Brody, Helen Mirren, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Forrest Whitaker, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jamie Foxx, Sandra Bullock, Christian Bale all got their Oscars for playing real-life characters. The last Academy Award victories of Sean Penn and Meryl Streep came for biographical dramas. Vividly turning yourself into someone who really exists or existed seems a sure-fire way to grab an invite to Hollywood Prom Night. This bio movie love started before Oscar's 10th birthday and the first actress to win him for a biopic was Luise Rainer.