Rainer, Luise Biography

biography of Rainer, Luise

The Viennese Teardrop
12 January 1910, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
5' 4"
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany into a prosperous Jewish family. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress, she was discovered by the legendary theater director 'Max Reinhardt (I)' (qv) and became part of his company in Vienna, Austria. "I was supposed to be very gifted, and he heard about me. He wanted me to be part of his theater," Rainer recounted in a 1997 interview. She joined Reinhardt's theatrical company in Vienna and spent years developing as an actress under his tutelage. As part of Reinhardt's company, Rainer became a popular stage actress in Berlin and Vienna in the early 1930s. Rainer was a natural talent for Reinhardt's type of staging, which required an impressionistic acting style. Rainer, who made her screen debut as a teenager and appeared in three other German-language films in the early '30s, terminated her European career when the Austrian 'Adolf Hitler' (qv) consolidated his power in Germany. With his vicious anti-Semitism, his imposition of a police state in Germany, and his desire for an anschluss between Austria and "Der Vaterland," Hitler was a threat to European Jewry. Rainer had been spotted by a talent scout, who offered her a seven-year contract with the American studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The 25-year-old Rainer took the deal and emigrated to the United States. She made her American debut in the movie _Escapade (1935)_ (qv), replacing 'Myrna Loy' (qv), who was originally slated for the part. It was her luck to have 'William Powell (I)' (qv) as her co-star in her first Hollywood film, as he mentored her, teaching her how to act in front of the camera. Powell, whom Rainer remembers as "a dear man" and "a very fine person," lobbied M.G.M. boss 'Louis B. Mayer' (qv), reportedly telling him, "You've got to star this girl or I'll look like an idiot.'" During the making of "Escapade," Rainer met, and fell in love with, the left-wing playwright 'Clifford Odets' (qv), then at the height of his fame. They were married in 1937. It was not a happy union. M.G.M. cast Rainer in support of Powell in the title role of the _The Great Ziegfeld (1936)_ (qv), its spectacular bio-epic featuring musical numbers that recreated his "Follies" shows on Broadway. As Anna Held, Ziegfeld's common-law wife, Rainer excelled in the musical numbers, but it is for her telephone scene that she is most remembered for. "The Great Ziegfeld" was a big hit and went on to win the Academy Award as Best Picture of 1936. Rainer received her first of two successive Best Actress Oscars for playing Held. The award was highly controversial at the time as she was a relative unknown and it was only her first nomination, but also because her role was so short and relatively minor that it better qualified for a supporting nomination. (While 1936 was the first year that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honored supporting players, her studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, listed her as a lead player, then got out its block vote for her.) Compounding the controversy was the fact that Rainer beat out such better known and more respected actresses as 'Carole Lombard (I)' (qv) (her sole Oscar nomination) in _My Man Godfrey (1936)_ (qv), previous Best Actress winner 'Norma Shearer' (qv) (her fifth nomination) in _Romeo and Juliet (1936)_ (qv), and 'Irene Dunne' (qv) (her second of five unsuccessful nominations) in _Theodora Goes Wild (1936)_ (qv). Some of the bitchery was directed towards Louis B. Mayer, whom non-M.G.M. Academy members resented for his ability to manipulate Academy votes. Other critics of her first Oscar win claimed it was the result of voters being unduly impressed with the great budget ($2 million) of "The Great Ziegfeld" rather than great acting. Most observers agree that Rainer won her Oscar as the result of her moving and poignant performance in just one, single scene in the picture, the famous telephone scene in which the broken-hearted Held congratulates Ziegfeld over the telephone on his upcoming marriage to 'Billie Burke' (qv) while trying to retain her composure and her dignity. During the scene, the camera is entirely focused on Rainer, and she delivers a tour-de-force performance. Seventy years later, it remains one of the most famous scenes in movie history. With another actress playing Held, the scene could have been mawkish, but Rainer brought the pathos of the scene out and onto film. She based her interpretation of the scene on 'Jean Cocteau' (qv)'s play "La Voix Humaine." "Cocteau's play is just a telephone conversation about a woman who has lost her beloved to another woman," Rainer remembered. "That is the comparison. As it fit into the Ziegfeld story, that's how I wrote it. It's a daily happening, not just in Cocteau." In an interview held 60 years after the film's release, Rainer was dismissive of the performance. "I was never proud of anything," she said. "I just did it like everything else. To do a film - let me explain to you - it's like having a baby. You labor, you labor, you labor, and then you have it. And then it grows up and it grows away from you. But to be proud of giving birth to a baby? Proud? No, every cow can do that." Rainer would allay any back-biting from Hollywood's bovines over her first Oscar with her performance as O-Lan in M.G.M. producer 'Irving Thalberg' (qv)'s spectacular adaptation of 'Pearl S. Buck' (qv)'s "The Good Earth, the former Boy Wonder's final picture before his untimely death. The role won Rainer her second Best Actress Award. The success of _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv) was rooted in its realism, and its realism was enhanced by Rainer's acting opposite the legendary 'Paul Muni (I)' (qv) as her husband. When Thalberg cast Muni in the role of Wang Lung, he had to abandon any thought of casting the Chinese-American actress 'Anna May Wong (I)' (qv) as O-Lan as the Hays Office would not allow the hint of miscegenation, even between an actual Chinese woman and a Caucuasian actor in yellow-face drag. So, Thalberg gave Rainer the part, and she made O-Lan her own. She refused to wear a heavy makeup, and her elfin look helped her to assay a Chinese woman with results far superior to those of Myrna Loy in her Oriental vamp phase or 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv) in _Dragon Seed (1944)_ (qv). In the late '90s, Rainer praised her director, 'Sidney Franklin (I)' (qv), as "wonderful," and explained that she used an acting technique similar to "The Method" being pioneered by her husband's Group Theatre comrades back in New York. "I worked from inside out," she said. "It's not for me, putting on a face, or putting on makeup, or making masquerade. It has to come from inside out. I knew what I wanted to do and he let me do it." The win made Rainer the first two-time Oscar winner in an acting category and the first to win consecutive acting awards ('Spencer Tracy (I)' (qv), her distaff honoree for _Captains Courageous (1937)_ (qv) would follow her as a consecutive acting Oscar winner the next year, and 'Walter Brennan' (qv), the first winner of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar the year Rainer won her first, would tie them both in '38 with his win for _Come and Get It (1936)_ (qv) and trump them with his third win for _The Westerner (1940)_ (qv), a record subsequently tied by 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' (qv) and 'Jack Nicholson (I)' (qv) and surpassed by 'Katharine Hepburn' (qv).) Rainer's career soon went into free-fall and collapsed, as she became the first notable victim of the "Oscar curse," the phenomenon that has seem many a performer's career take a nose-dive after winning an Academy Award. "For my second and third pictures I won Academy Awards. Nothing worse could have happened to me," Rainer said. A non-conformist, Rainer rejected Hollywood's values of Hollywood. In the late 1990s, she said, "I came from Europe where I was with a wonderful theater group, and I worked. The only thing on my mind was to do good work. I didn't know what an Academy Award was." M.G.M. boss Mayer, the founding force behind the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, had to force her to attend the Awards banquet to receive her Oscar. She rebelled against the studio due to the movies that M.G.M. forced her into after "The Good Earth." In one case, director 'Dorothy Arzner' (qv) had been assigned by M.G.M. producer Joseph M. Mankiewicz in 1937 to direct Rainer in "The Girl from Trieste," an unperformed 'Ferenc Molnár (I)' (qv) play about a prostitute trying to go reform herself who discovers the hypocrisies of the respectable class which she aspires to. After Thalberg's death in 1936, Mayer's lighter aesthetic began to rule the roost at M.G.M. Mayer. Mayer genuinely believed in the goodness of women and motherhood, and put women on a pedestal, and once told screenwriter 'Frances Marion' (qv) that he never wanted to see anything produced by M.G.M. that would embarrass his wife and two daughters. Without the more sophisticated Thalberg at the studio to run interference, Molnar's play was rewritten so that it was no longer about a prostitute, but a slightly bitter Cinderella story with a happy ending. Retitled by Mankiewicz as _The Bride Wore Red (1937)_ (qv), Rainer withdrew and was replaced by 'Joan Crawford (I)' (qv). In a 1976 interview in "The New York Times," Arzner claimed that Rainer "had been suspended for marrying a Communist" (Clifford Odets). This is unlikely as M.G.M., like all Hollywood studios, had known or suspected communists on its payroll, most of whose affiliations were known by M.G.M. vice president 'E.J. Mannix' (qv). (Mannix, one of whose functions was responsibility for security at the studio, once said it would have been impossible to fire them all as communists were the studio's best writers!) The studio never took action against communists until the Waldorf Conference of 1947, which was held in reaction to the House of Un-American Activities Committee launching a Hollywood witch hunt. It was more likely that Rainer, fussy over her projects and wanting to use her Academy Award prominence to ensure herself better roles, withdrew on her own due to her lack of enthusiasm for the re-formulated product. In the late 1990s, Rainer recalled the satisfaction of being a European stage actress. "One day we were on a big tour," she told an interviewer in the late 1990s. "We did a play by Pirandello, and Reinhardt was in the theater. I shall never forget, it was the greatest compliment I ever got, better than any Academy Award. He came to me, looked at me and said - we were never called by first names - 'Rainer, how did you do this? ' It was so wonderful. 'How did you create this?' I was so startled and happy. That was my Academy Award." Rainer still is dismissive of the Academy Awards. "I can't watch the Oscars," she said recently. "Everybody thanking their mother, their father, their grandparents, their nurse - it's a crazy, horrible." She blames the studio and Mayer for the rapid decline in her career. "What they did with me upset me very much," she said in a 1997 interview. "I was dreaming naturally like anyone to do something very good, but after I got the two Academy Awards the studio thought, it doesn't matter what she gets. They threw all kinds of stuff on me, and I thought, no, I didn't want to be an actress." Mayer pulled his famous emotional routines when Rainer, whom he wanted to turn into a glamorous star, would demand meatier roles. "He would cry phony tears," she recalled. Mayer had opposed her being cast as O-Lan in "The Good Earth," but Thalberg, who had a connection with M.G.M. capo di tutti capi Nicholas Schenck, the president of M.G.M. corporate parent Loew's Inc., appealed to Nick and Mayer's veto was overridden. (Mayer, who was involved in a power struggle with Thalberg before the latter's death, had opposed his filming Pearl Buck's novel. Mayer's reasoning was that American audiences wouldn't patronize movies about American farmers, so what made anyone think they'd flock to see a film about Chinese farmers, especially one with such a big budget, estimated at $2.8 million. (Upon release, the film barely broke even.) Thalberg died during the filming of "The Good Earth" (the only film of his released by M.G.M. that had a possessory credit for him). Rainer felt lost without her protector. She recalled that Mayer "didn't know what to do with me, and that made me so unhappy. I was on the stage with great artists, and everything was so wonderful. I was in a repertory theater, and every night I played something else." Rainer asked to play Nora in a film of Ibsen's "A Doll's House," or to play Madame Curie, but instead, Mayer - now in complete control of the studio - had her cast in _The Toy Wife (1938)_ (qv), a movie she actually wound up liking, as she was charmed by her co-star, the urbane, intellectually and politically enlightened 'Melvyn Douglas' (qv). She recalls the late Douglas, a double-Oscar winner like herself, as her favorite leading man. "He was intelligent, and he was interested also in other things than acting." Her problems with the culture of Hollywood, or the lack thereof, were worsening. The lack of intellectual conversation or concern with ideas by the denizens of the movie colony she was forced to work with was depressing. Hollywood was an unsophisticated place where materialism, such as the stars' preoccupation with clothes, was paramount. As she tells it, "Soon after I was there in Hollywood, for some reason I was at a luncheon with 'Robert Taylor (I)' (qv) sitting next to me, and I asked him, 'Now, what are your ideas or what do you want to do,' and his answer was that he wanted to have 10 good suits to wear, elegant suits of all kinds, that was his idea. I practically fell under the table." M.G.M. teamed her with fellow Oscar-winner Tracy in _Big City (1937)_ (qv), a movie about conflict between rival taxi drivers. The memory of the movie disgusted her. "Supposedly it wasn't a bad film. But I thought it was a bad film!" She was also cast in _The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)_ (qv), re-teaming her with "Ziegfeld" co-star William Powell, a movie she didn't like as she didn't understand it. A detective story, the script thoroughly confused Rainer, who was expected to soldier on like a good employee. Instead, she resisted. After appearing in _The Great Waltz (1938)_ (qv) and _Dramatic School (1938)_ (qv), her career was virtually over by 1938. She never made another film for M.G.M. "I just had to get away," she said about Hollywood. "I couldn't bear this total concentration and interviews on oneself, oneself, oneself. I wanted to learn, and to live, to go all over the world, to learn by seeing things and experiencing things, and Hollywood seemed very narrow." When World War II broke out in Europe, Rainer was joined by her family as her German-born father was an American citizen, which allowed them to escape Hitler and the Holocaust. Even before the outbreak of the war, Rainer had been very worried about the state of affairs of the world, and she could not abide the escapist trifles that M.G.M. wanted to cast her in. When she protested, Mayer told Rainer that if she defied him, he would blackball her in Hollywood. Disturbed by Hollywood's apathy over fascism in Europe and Asia, and by labor unrest and poverty in the U.S., she decided to walk out on her contract. She and Odets returned to New York. They were divorced in 1940. "Hollywood was a very strange place," she remembered. "To me, it was like a huge hotel with a huge door, one of those rotunda doors. On one side people went in, heads high, and very soon they came out on the other side, heads hanging." Her frustration with Hollywood was so complete, she abandoned movie acting in the early 1940s, after making the World War II drama _Hostages (1943)_ (qv) for Paramount. She made her Broadway debut in the play "A Kiss for Cinderella," which was staged by 'Lee Strasberg' (qv), which opened at the Music Box Theatre on March 10, 1942 and closed April 18th after 48 performances. Rainer then worked for the war effort during World War II, appearing at war bond rallies. She went on a tour of North Africa and Italy for the Army Special Service, socializing with soldiers to build their morale, and supplying them with books. The experience changed her life, allowing her to get over the shyness that she had had all her life. It also broadened her experience, making her deal with her realization that there were more important things than movie acting, which had proven unfulfilling to her. Fortunately, Rainer found happiness in a long-lived marriage with the publisher Robert Knittel, a wealthy man whom she married in 1945. The couple had a daughter and made their home mostly in Switzerland and England as Rainer essentially left acting behind, although she did do some television in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s. Her retirement from the movies lasted for 53 years, until her come-back in _The Gambler (1997)_ (qv), a movie based on 'Fyodor Dostoevsky' (qv)'s eponymous story. In the film, Rainer played the role of the matriarch of an aristocratic Russian family in the 1860s who are in hock due the family members' obsession with gambling. Rainer now lives in a luxurious flat in Eaton Square in London's Belgravia district, in a building where 'Vivien Leigh' (qv) once lived. Blessed with a good memory, she claims she cannot remember the 1937 Academy Awards ceremony, when she won her first Oscar. She says the glamor of the event was out of sync with her life at the time, which was one of great sadness. "I married Clifford Odets. The marriage was for both of us a failure. He wanted me to be his little wife and a great actress at the same time. Somehow I could not live up to all of that." She has had intriguing offers during her long retirement. 'Federico Fellini' (qv) had wanted Rainer for a role in _La dolce vita (1960)_ (qv), but though she admired the director, she didn't like the script and turned it down. Rainer occasionally plied her craft as an actress on the stage. She made one more stab at Broadway, appearing in a 1950 production of Ibsen's "The Lady from the Sea," which was staged by 'Sam Wanamaker' (qv) and Terese Hayden and co-starred 'Steven Hill (I)' (qv), one of the founding members of Lee Strasberg's Actor's Studio. The play was a flop, lasting for just 16 performances. "I was living in America and was on the stage there - sporadically. I always lived more than I worked. Which doesn't mean that I do not love my profession and every moment I was in it gave me great satisfaction and happiness." Rainer has no regrets over not becoming the star she might have been. She outlived all of the legendary stars of her era, which likely is the best revenge for the loss of her career after bidding adieu to a company town she could not abide.
Jon C. Hopwood

-   'Clifford Odets' (qv) (8 January 1937 - 14 May 1940) (divorced)

-   'Robert Knittel' (12 July 1945 - 15 June 1989) (his death); 1 child

-   Was coaxed out of a 20-year retirement to appear on _"Combat!" (1962)_ (qv).

-   A non-conformist to the MGM star-system, she used to parade around Hollywood untidily dressed, usually with no make-up and wearing pants. Her non-conformist style of behavior cost Ms. Rainer her contract with MGM in the late '30s.

-   Was forced to attend the Oscar ceremony by 'Louis B. Mayer' (qv) to receive her Oscar. In the early Academy Awards ceremonies the winners were announced beforehand in the newspapers. A team of MGM staff arrived at her house and made her dress in appropriate evening wear, and rushed her to the show - just in time.

-   Her second husband, Robert Knittel, was a New York publisher whom she married in 1945. They had one child, Francesca.

-   Was the first actor/actress to win back-to-back Acadamy Awards for her performances in _The Great Ziegfeld (1936)_ (qv) and _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv). She was also the first actor/actress to win two Academy Awards. The following year, 1938, 'Spencer Tracy (I)' (qv) , 'Bette Davis' (qv) and 'Walter Brennan' (qv) also became double Oscar winners.

-   Attended the 75th Academy Awards and appeared in the Oscar winner tribute sequence introduced by 'Olivia de Havilland' (qv). Was the most senior member of the Oscar Tribute sequence at the _The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV)_ (qv).

-   'Federico Fellini' (qv) offered her a part in his 1960 film _La dolce vita (1960)_ (qv), and a scene was written specifically for her. She was not happy with the character, however, and asked for rewrites to be done. Ultimately Fellini abandoned the idea due to these demands, much to her chagrin.

-   When the Academy decided to bring back past Oscar winners in 1997 and 2002 for their Oscar Family Album, despite frail health, Ms. Rainer happily agreed to travel from London to Hollywood to attend both ceremonies. She remarked "If I don't show up they'll think I'm dead!" both times.

-   Of all the living winners of a competitive Oscar she has had hers the longest (as of 2010) - 73 years. She last won in 1937 for _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv).

-   She shares the honor of having several firsts with the Academy Awards. She was the first actor to achieve the perfect Oscar track record (two nominations-two wins). She was the first actor to receive double Oscars consecutively. She was the first to obtain two Oscars and was the first to achieve double Oscars before turning 30. She was the first actress to win an Academy Award for portraying a real-life person (_The Great Ziegfeld (1936)_ (qv)).

-   One of two German actresses to win the Oscar; the other being Simone Signoret.

-   The first actress to win an Academy Award for portraying a real-life person (_The Great Ziegfeld (1936)_ (qv))

-   She is mentioned in the novel 'Breakfast at Tiffany's by 'Truman Capote' (qv) . When discussing Holly Golightly's chances of making it the Hollywood agent O.J. Berman says, "If you mean future, you're wrong again. Now a couple of years back, out on the Coast, there was a time it could've been different. She had something working for her, she had them interested, she could've really rolled. But when you walk out on a thing like that, you don't walk back. Ask Luise Rainer. And Rainer was a star. Sure, Holly was no star; she never got out of the still department. But that was before The Story of Dr. Wassell. Then she could've really rolled. I know, see, cause I'm the guy was giving her the push.".

-   Became a US citizen in the 1940s.

-   Parents were Heinrich Rainer and his wife Emilie Königsberger.

-   As of 2012, she is only one of six actors who have a 2-0 winning record when nominated for an acting Oscar. The others are 'Vivien Leigh' (qv) for _Gone with the Wind (1939)_ (qv) and _A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)_ (qv); 'Helen Hayes (I)' (qv) for _The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)_ (qv) and _Airport (1970)_ (qv); 'Sally Field' (qv) for _Norma Rae (1979)_ (qv) and _Places in the Heart (1984)_ (qv); 'Kevin Spacey' (qv) for _The Usual Suspects (1995)_ (qv) and _American Beauty (1999)_ (qv); and 'Hilary Swank' (qv) for _Boys Don't Cry (1999)_ (qv) and _Million Dollar Baby (2004)_ (qv).

-   As of 2012, at 102 years old, she is the oldest living Oscar winner.

-   She is the youngest person to ever win a second Oscar (aged 28, for _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv) ) beating 'Jodie Foster' (qv) who was 29 years old when she won for _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv) .

-   Considers her performance as O-Lan Ling in _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv) to be her finest on film.

-   The first (and so far the only) multiple oscar winning actor or actress to reach the age of 100.

-   Was in consideration for the role of Maria in _For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)_ (qv) but 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' (qv), who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

-   Gave her 1937 Best Actress Oscar for _The Good Earth (1937)_ (qv) to removal men who helped her relocate from Switzerland to London in 1989; she had been using the award as a doorstep for years and it was bent out of shape.

-   Returned to work 14 months after giving birth to her daughter 'Francesca Knittel-Bowyer' (qv) to begin performing in the US tour of "Joan of Lorraine", replacing 'Ingrid Bergman (I)' (qv) in the title role.

-   Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter 'Francesca Knittel-Bowyer' (qv) on June 2, 1946. Child's father is her now late 2nd husband, Robert Knittel.

-   Stage: Appeared (as "Miss Thing") in "A Kiss for Cinderella" by 'J.M. Barrie' (qv) on Broadway, 1942. Directed by 'Lee Strasberg' (qv). Music Box Theatre, New York City, 3/10/42-4/18/42. 10th March

-   Stage: Appeared (as "Ellida") in "Lady From The Sea" by 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv) on Broadway. Directed by 'Sam Wanamaker' (qv). Fulton Theatre, New York City, 8/7/50-8/19-50.

-   Stage: She appeared at the National Theatre (Lyttelton), London, UK on 3/4/99 to discuss her marriage to 'Clifford Odets' (qv) and his play "Waiting For Lefty".

-   (24 February 2011) A brief interview of 101-year-old Luise Rainer from her London flat was broadcast on the BBC World Service program "News Hour."

-   For my second and third pictures I won Academy Awards. Nothing worse could have happened to me.

-   [to MGM chief 'Louis B. Mayer' (qv) when she walked out on her contract] 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.

-   [2003] It was not the thing that I strived for because, you see, today's Academy Award is - Oh God! The thing everyone longs for.

-   [2003, referring to her Academy Award win in 1937] No one in Europe had never heard of it. I didn't know what it was, it didn't mean anything to me.

-   The Oscar is not a curse. The real curse is that once you have an Oscar they think you can do anything.

-   I always considered myself the world's worst actress.

-   (2004) Currently lives in Eaton Square, London, in an apartment once occupied by 'Vivien Leigh' (qv).

-   (January 2010) Still lives in London.

-   (January 2010) On January 12th, 2010, Louise celebrated her 100th birthday. She is still fairly active and spry for her age.

-   "T2 (Times supplement)" (UK), 24 February 2005, pg. 6,7, by: Christopher Wood, "I wanted to live more than I wanted to act."

-   "Der Tagesspiegel" (Germany), 30 July 2000, Iss. 17126, pg. W1, by: Johanna Adorján, "Jede Kuh kann das", german

-   "Modern Screen" (USA), February 1937, pg. 132, by: Nanette Kutner, "Miss Rainer Regrets"

-   "Ciné-Revue" (Belgium), 16 March 1978, Vol. 58, Iss. 11, pg. 37, "Les films à la télévision belge"

-   "Ciné-Revue" (Belgium), 16 March 1978, Vol. 58, Iss. 11, pg. 57

-   "Screen Book" (USA), January 1938, Vol. 19, Iss. 6

-   "Modern Screen" (USA), 1 June 1937, Vol. ?, Iss. ?

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  4. "American Masters" (1985) {Hollywood Chinese (#23.3)}
  5. Hollywood Chinese (2007)
  6. "La imagen de tu vida" (2006) {(#1.2)}
  7. "Protagonistas del recuerdo" (2006) {José Bódalo (#1.2)}
  8. "80s" (2005) {(#1.1)}
  9. "Cinema mil" (2005) {(#1.11)}
  10. Behind Poem (2004) (V)
  11. Ziegfeld on Film (2004) (V)
  12. 75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History (2003) (TV)
  13. Poem - Ich setzte den Fuß in die Luft und sie trug (2003)
  14. The 75th Annual Academy Awards (2003) (TV)
  15. Greta Garbo: A Lone Star (2001) (TV)
  16. "The South Bank Show" (1978) {Greta Garbo (#24.17)}
  17. The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV)
  18. "Boulevard Bio" (1991) {Die letzte Leinwandgöttin}
  19. The Gambler (1997)
  20. That's Entertainment! III (1994)
  21. "MGM: When the Lion Roars" (1992) {The Lion Reigns Supreme (#1.2)}
  22. A Dancer (1991) (TV)
  23. Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood (1987) (TV)
  24. "The Love Boat" (1977) {The Lady and the Maid/Love Is Blind/The Babymakers (#7.22)}
  25. The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) (TV)
  26. "Combat!" (1962) {Finest Hour (#4.15)}
  27. "Girl Talk" (1962) {(1965-11-05)}
  28. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#12.22)}
  29. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#12.28)}
  30. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#12.49)}
  31. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#11.39)}
  32. Der erste Kuß (1954)
  33. "Suspense" (1949) {Torment (#6.27)}
  34. The 25th Annual Academy Awards (1953) (TV)
  35. "Lux Video Theatre" (1950) {A Bouquet for Caroline (#3.24)}
  36. "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" (1951) {Love Came Late (#1.34)}
  37. "Faith Baldwin Romance Theatre" (1951) {Woman Overboard (#1.11)}
  38. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" (1950) {The Seagull (#1.10)}
  39. "Lux Video Theatre" (1950) {Rosalind (#1.2)}
  40. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#3.21)}
  41. By Candlelight (1949) (TV)
  42. "The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre" (1948) {Trapeze (#1.18)}
  43. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#2.18)}
  44. "Toast of the Town" (1948) {(#2.22)}
  45. Hostages (1943)
  46. Cavalcade of the Academy Awards (1940)
  47. Land of Liberty (1939)
  48. Another Romance of Celluloid (1938)
  49. Dramatic School (1938)
  50. The Great Waltz (1938)
  51. The Toy Wife (1938)
  52. Big City (1937)
  53. Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 8 (1937)
  54. The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
  55. The Good Earth (1937)
  56. The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
  57. Escapade (1935)
  58. Heut' kommt's drauf an (1933)
  59. Madame hat Besuch (1932)
  60. Sehnsucht 202 (1932)