In this July 29, 1999 file photo, actress Luise Rainer poses in her central London apartment. Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer's daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told The Associated Press her mother died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. In 1936 and 1937, Rainer was the first performer ever to win back-to-back Academy Awards, for "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth."
In this July 29, 1999 file photo, actress Luise Rainer poses in her central London apartment. Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer's daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told The Associated Press her mother died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. In 1936 and 1937, Rainer was the first performer ever to win back-to-back Academy Awards, for "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth." ADAM BUTLER File photo
In this July 29, 1999 file photo, actress Luise Rainer poses in her central London apartment. Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer's daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer, told The Associated Press her mother died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. In 1936 and 1937, Rainer was the first performer ever to win back-to-back Academy Awards, for "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth." ADAM BUTLER File photo

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies

December 30, 2014 09:34 AM