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Legendary Hollywood Actress and Oscar Winner, Luise Rainer Passes Away at 104

Luise Rainer, one of the most admired stars of the 1930s and the winner of two Oscars in a row, passed away at 104. Known for some of the most stunning performances including the two movies that got her the Oscars, “The Great Ziegfeld” and “The Good Earth”, the legendary actress left her successful film career for intermittent stage work in addition to a life of domesticity and a career as a mountain climber. According to her daughter, Francesca Knittel Bowyer, the actress died from pneumonia.

Born in Austria, the actress gained fame and power in America

Born in Vienna on January 12, 1910, she began her tryst with acting in her teenage years under the tutelage of Max Reinhardt, the well known Austrian director. She appeared in more than a few German films but it was in America that she gained prominence. She became the first actress to win an Oscar two times in a row and took away the best actress distinction for the “The Great Ziegfeld” in 1936 and again in the 1937 film, “The Good Earth”. Other well known Hollywood actors and actresses who have won uninterrupted Oscars include Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Tom Hanks and Jason Robards.

Despite the fame, she had an unhappy Hollywood career and married life

Described by her daughter as “She was bigger than life and can charm the birds out of the trees,” the two awards marked the climax of her career, which went down equally fast. She considered her two Oscar trophies a curse that bestowed her with unbelievably high expectations. Following her win, she was part of five more MGM movies that did nothing for her career, and were (to her) a waste of her talents. By the mid 40s, her fame came to an end. Unhappy with her career, even her personal life was tinged with unhappiness as she went through a turbulent marriage to playwright, Clifford Odets, ultimately quitting movies forever.

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“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Is the Most Anticipated Film of 2015!

A survey by Fandango has declared “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to be the most anticipated movie of 2015. The JJ Abrams movie is followed by other two equally heavy weight releases, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2”. Joining these three movies in the New Year list areDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan starrer “Fifty Shades of Grey” and “Jurassic World”.

The sci-fi film is the most loved and anticipated movie by people of all ages!

The survey was conducted from December 22-29 and is based on responses from one thousand correspondents. Along with the most anticipated 2015 film, it also included topics like favorite actresses and actorsof 2015 as well as the most awaited family film in the coming year. With regards to the “Star Wars” series coming out on top, Dave Karger, the Chief Correspondent Fandango said, “It’s been a decade since the last installment of the most beloved sci-fi fantasy franchise of all time, and kids of all ages are eagerly anticipating the revitalization of the series next December,” The new release is the 7thoverall movie of the series.

Who have come out on top as favorite actor and actress of 2015?

With regards to the survey on the topic of favorite actors and actresses, Robert Downey Jr. beat fellow Marvel actor, Chris Hemsworth in the category of favorite actor, for the 2012movie “The Avengers” which will once again see them coming together in the sequel next year. Besides “The Avenger” series, Chris Hemsworth has two other movies that will come out next year-“In the Heart of the Sea” and “Blackhat”.  The top spot for favorite actress went to “The Hunger Games” actress Jennifer Lawrence with second spot going to Scarlett Johansson for “The Avengers”.