From public appearances and staged press calls, to candid shots off-screen, these images show Luise both at work and play. Many of the images here have not been seen online before. Original press captions and photographer credits are included where I have them. Images are in chronological order.
Luise with friends before Hollywood came calling Luise with her maternal aunt Else Luise and Johnny arrive in the US, 1935 Publicity shot announcing Luise’s arrival in New York, 1935 Candid shot at the Olympic Hotel, 1935 Luise with Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Norma Shearer, 1935 Luise visits the set of “Trouble for Two”, 1936 William Wyler and Luise Rainer, 1936 Luise and Clifford Odets a few days before their wedding, 1937 At home with Clifford Odets and Johnny on her wedding day, 1937 American League Against War and Fascism meeting, 1937 Luise with Fredric March, 1937 Luise Rainer and Fredric March, 1937 Luise and Clifford, c1937 Luise with Albert Einstein, 1937 Luise enjoys a boat ride with Albert Einstein Luise receives her second Academy Award (1938) Luise and Clifford, Oscars night, 1938 On the set of The Toy Wife, with Clifford and Richard Thorpe (director), 1938 Luise’s mother, Emmy, visits her on the set of The Toy Wife, 1938 Luise takes US citizenship exam, 1938 A day with Luise Rainer, 1938 Luise is granted US citizenship, 1938 Luise and Clifford Odets, 1938 Luise returns from Europe at the start of the war, 1939 Luise with wives of Supreme Court Justices, 1940 Luise gets a divorce, 1940 Luise gets a divorce, 1940 Luise working at the headquarters of the National Child Refugee Committee, 1940 Luise with Pearl Buck, 1940 Luise greets her father upon his release from Prague prison camp, 1940 Roosevelt re-election support luncheon, 1940 Signing autographs for troops, 1940s Luise with Charlie Chaplin, 1942 Luise Rainer chats to the Press upon return from entertaining US troops, 1944. Luise with Manuel Komroff, 1945 Luise marries Robert Knittel, 1945 Luise with her second husband, Robert Knittel, 1945 Luise and Robert shortly after the birth of Francesca, 1946 Luise with Patrolman Harrington, who found her stolen car, 1950 Robert and Luise at the Oscars party, 1953 Luise with Morton Edell, 1959 Luise with Anais Nin, 1960s Luise Rainer and Fred Astaire, 1970s Luise Rainer Luise with Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, 1983 Luise Rainer Luise with Roddy MacDowall, 1998 Luise with Mildred Shay, 2004 Luise at the premiere of ‘The Aviator’, 2004 At the TCM Film Festival, 2010 Luise with her daughter, Francesca, and Joan Rivers Luise with Paul Baylay, 2011 Luise at the Boulevard des Stars, 2011 Luise with Klaus Wowereit, 2011 Arriving for a presentation, 2011 Luise on her 104th birthday, 2014 Luise in London, 2014