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Two-Time Oscar Winner Luise Rainer at TCM Festival

Luise Rainer The Good Earth
Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Agnes Moorehead The Magnificent Ambersons
Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe Some Like It Hot
Joan Crawford, Conrad Veidt A Woman's Face
Luise Rainer in Sidney Franklin's The Good Earth (1937) (top); Richard Bennett, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Don Dillaway, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins in Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (upper middle); Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Marilyn Monroe in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) (lower middle); Joan Crawford, Conrad Veidt in George Cukor's A Woman's Face (1941) (bottom)

The first TCM Classic Film Festival has just come to a close, but Turner Classic Movies has already given the go-ahead for a second edition slated for Spring 2011.

TCM primetime host and film historian Robert Osborne announced the news on Sunday night, right before the North American premiere of the restored Metropolis, Fritz Lang's classic 1927 science-fiction/political drama.

The 2010 edition of the four-day festival included screenings of more than 50 films, among them A Star Is Born (1954), Breathless, Imitation of Life (1959), Saboteur, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; celebrity appearances; and panel discussions.

Among those present were two-time Oscar winner Luise Rainer, nouvelle vague icon Jean-Paul Belmondo, MGM swimmer emeritus Esther Williams, and Oscar winners Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Ernest Borgnine, and Eva Marie Saint.

Also, Betty Garrett, Tony Curtis, Danny Huston, Buck Henry, Eli Wallach, Peter Bogdanovich, Stanley Donen, Mel Brooks, Nancy Olson, Illeana Douglas, Tab Hunter, Susan Kohner, and Juanita Moore.

Plus Darryl Hickman, Curtis Hanson, John Badham, Richard Rush, Alec Baldwin, Norman Lloyd, Tim Roth, and 2001: A Space Odyssey's special effects artist Douglas Trumbull.

According to a festival attendee, London-resident Luise Rainer's earpiece broke after her arrival in Los Angeles. Rainer, who turned 100 this past Jan. 12 and who was at the festival for a Sunday screening of The Good Earth (1937), couldn't hear anything Osborne was asking her. Someone in the audience then suggested Osborne write down his questions on a notepad, which he did.

No follow-up questions were possible, but that didn't seem to matter. Rainer rattled on for minutes at a time about her life and career. Rainer, by the way, was the first performer to win back-to-back Oscars for acting: for The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth. Among her other 1930s vehicles, all for MGM, are Dramatic School, The Toy Wife, and The Great Waltz, all released in 1938.

Rainer's Hollywood career was all but over that same year; she'd make only one more American movie, Hostages, in 1943. The “Oscar jinx” nonsense began as a result of Rainer's professional path.

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