Luise Rainer dies at 104; 1930s star had meteoric rise and fall in Hollywood

December 30, 2014 2:56 PM

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Luise Rainer, the luminous 1930s actress who won two consecutive Oscars but whose Hollywood film career was shattered when she went toe-to-toe with Louis B. Mayer, and lost, has died. She was 104.

Rainer died of pneumonia Tuesday at her home in London, her daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told the Associated Press.

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