At 5 p.m. PT, Turner Classic Movies will present a Special special: Luise Rainer, two-time Academy Award winner and centenarian (101 years old today, to be exact), will be talking about her life and career. That’s because TCM will be presenting the interview Robert Osborne conducted with Rainer at last year’s TCM Film Festival held in Hollywood.
Rainer is notable for a variety of reasons. I’ll name a few here: She was the first performer to win back-to-back Academy Awards, for The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 and for The Good Earth in 1937. She left Hollywood at the height of her career after only four years at MGM. In the late ’30s, she was married to playwright Clifford Odets. And last but certainly not least, she was a stupendous film actress, much underrated by those who had never seen her on-screen but who resented her having won an Oscar the year Greta Garbo was nominated for Camille (1937).
Don’t miss the Luise Rainer interview. If you’re a film lover, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another such highlight on television in 2011.
See also: Luise Rainer Turns 100