Tuesday, 30 December 2014
The last survivor
And so, farewell Luise Rayner - the first actor to win multiple Academy Awards and the first to win them consecutively; the last survivor of a long-lost golden era of film - who has died at the grand old age of 104.
When she walked away from the despised "studio system" after her initial success, Louis B Mayer said: "We made you and we are going to destroy you."
"Well, he tried his best," she recalled later. "I replied: 'You are now 60 and I am 20. When I am 40, the age of a successful actress, you will be dead and I will live!'"
And she certainly did.
RIP Luise Rainer (12th January 1910 - 30th December 2014)
My previous entry for Miss Rainer.