Estate of actress Luise Rainer to be offered at Julien's
The estate of 1930s Hollywood screen icon Luise Rainer will be offered for sale at Julien's later this year.
The sale will feature fine European antiques, Old Master and Contemporary fine art, personal memorabilia and effects from the London home of the German/American actress, who passed away in December 2014.
After learning her craft on the stages of Berlin, Rainer appeared in several German language films before being spotted by an MGM talent scout looking for the 'new Greta Garbo'. She moved to America in 1935 and quickly made an impression on audiences as "Hollywood's next sensation", with her performance in the 1936 biography The Great Ziegfeld winning her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
One year later she was back at the podium, collecting another Best Actress Oscar for her role as a humble Chinese peasant in The Good Earth – making her the first performer to win consecutive Academy Awards, a record that stood for 32 years until Katherine Hepburn's victories in 1968 and 1969.
Rainer's meteoric rise to stardom was matched by her fall, as she fell out of love with Hollywood and returned to Europe in 1938. She continued to make sporadic appearances on the stage and screen throughout her life, and lived to the grand age of 104, making her the oldest-living recipient of an Academy Award before her passing last year.
Highlights from her esteemed personal collection will include a Maria Theresia Austrian armoire cabinet, a late 16th century Icon believed to have been owned by Czarina Alexandra Feodorovna, a selection of works by Rainer’s personal friend, artist Reuvin Rubin, and a solid 14K gold 1936 Motion Picture Critics of America medal.
Property from The Estate of Luise Rainer takes place at Julien's Actions in Beverly Hills on October 1, with public previews open from September 23-30.
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