Back in February, you might recall we looked at a rare living subject on Strange Flowers – Dusseldorf-born actress Luise Rainer, the oldest Oscar laureate, the first person to win back-to-back Oscars and the only German actress to win one at all.
You might also recall the puzzling anomaly that this much-lauded German émigré was as good as unknown in her homeland, and that she had been repeatedly passed over for recognition on Berlin’s “Boulevard der Stars” which salutes outstanding achievement in the German-speaking film industry.
I’m very pleased to say that the Boulevard der Stars organising committee yesterday announced that Rainer will be honoured with a star on 5 September. Thought it’s uncertain if the 101-year-old London-based actress will make it to the ceremony, it’s a very welcome and long overdue accolade. Congratulations to my friend Paul Baylay who lobbied for a year to make this happen. Here’s the announcement – it’s in German but there’s a great picture of a beaming Rainer receiving the news.
And in further being-101 news, I am delighted to say my darling grandmother today attains that impressive milestone.