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Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer was a German-American-British film actress. She was the first actress to win more than one Academy Award and, with that, the first to win back-to-back. Rainer started her acting career in Germany at age 16, under the tutelage of Austria's leading stage director, Max Reinhardt. Within a few years, she had become a distinguished Berlin stage actress with Reinhardt's Vienna theater ensemble. Critics praised the quality of her acting. After years of acting on stage and in films in Austria and Germany, she was discovered by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scouts, who signed her to a three-year contract in Hollywood in 1935. A number of filmmakers predicted she might become another Greta Garbo, MGM's leading female star at the time, her first American film role was in Escapade in 1935. The following year she was given a supporting part in the musical biography The Great Ziegfeld, despite limited appearances, her emotion-filled performance so impressed audiences that she was awarded the Oscar for Best Actress.

She was dubbed the "Viennese teardrop" for her dramatic telephone scene in the film. For her next role, producer Irving Thalberg was convinced, despite the studio's disagreement, that she would be able to play the part of a poor, plain Chinese farm wife in The Good Earth, based on Pearl Buck's novel about hardship in China; the subdued character role was such a dramatic contrast to her previous vivacious character that she again won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Rainer and Jodie Foster are the only actresses to win two Oscars by the age of thirty. However, she stated nothing worse could have happened to her than winning two consecutive Oscars, as audience expectations from on would be too high to fulfill. After a string of insignificant roles, MGM and Rainer became disappointed, leading her to end her brief three-year film career, soon returning to Europe. Adding to her rapid decline, some feel, was the poor career advice she received from her then-husband, playwright Clifford Odets, along with the unexpected death at age 37 of her producer, Irving Thalberg, whom she admired.

Some film historians consider her the "most extreme case of an Oscar victim in Hollywood mythology". The daughter of Heinrich and Emilie Rainer, known familiarly as "Heinz" and "Emmy", Rainer was born on January 12, 1910, in Düsseldorf and raised in Hamburg and in Vienna, Austria; some references list her birthplace as Vienna. Describing her childhood, she stated, "I was born into a world of destruction; the Vienna of my childhood was one of starvation and revolution." Her father was a businessman who settled in Europe after spending most of his childhood in Texas, where he was sent at the age of six as an orphan. Rainer's family was Jewish. Rainer was a premature baby, born two months early, she describes her father as being "possessive" and "tempestuous", but whose affections and concern were centered on her. Luise seemed to him as "eternally absent-minded" and "very different", she remembers his "tyrannical possessiveness", was saddened to see her mother, "a beautiful pianist, a woman of warmth and intelligence and in love with her husband, suffering similarly".

Although shy at home, she was immensely athletic in school, becoming a champion runner and a fearless mountain climber. Rainer said she became an actress to help expend her overly emotional energy, it was her father's wish, that she attend a good finishing school and "marry the right man." Rainer's rebellious nature made her appear to be happy to be alone. She feared she might develop what she saw as her mother's "inferiority complex", she was only six when she decided to become part of the entertainment world, recalled being inspired by watching a circus act: I thought that a man on the wire was marvelous, in his spangles and tights. I wanted to run away and marry him but I never had an opportunity. I am sure, that the experience first disclosed to me the entertainment world. For years I longed to be able to walk on a tight wire, too. At age 16, Rainer chose to follow her dream to become an actress. In the 1920s the theatre director Louise Dumont separated from her husband. Dumont was attached to a number of young actresses including Fita Benkhoff, Hanni Hoessrich and Rainer.

It has been presumed. Rainer began studying acting with Max Reinhardt, and, by the time she was 18, there was an "army of critics" who felt that she had unusual talent for a young actress, she soon became a distinguished Berlin stage actress as a member of Reinhardt's Vienna theater ensemble. Her first stage appearance was at the Dumont Theater in 1928, followed by other appearances, including Jacques Deval's play Mademoiselle, Kingsley's Men in White, George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, Measure for Measure, Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 1934, after appearing in several German language films, she was seen performing in the play Six Characters in Search of an Author by MGM talent scout Phil Berg, who offered her a three-year contract in Hollywood, he thought. Rainer had no interest in films, saying in a 1935 interview: "I never wanted to film. I was only for the theat

Tiger Love (1977 film)

Tiger Love is a 1977 Hong Kong martial arts film produced by Kan Yeung Film Company. In its theatrical and DVD releases, the film has gone under several different titles: Le Jeune tigre du kung fu, Kung Fu Zombie vs. Tigerkralle, Legend of the Tiger, The Tiger Love, Tiger's Kong Fu, Tiger's Love, Todesschrei der Tigerkralle, Ren Hu Lian, Tiger Love; the film has passed into public domain and can be found on several martial arts film compilations produced by Mill Creek Entertainment. After eloping a young couple is confronted at the edge of a cliff by the bride's father who wishes her to marry her cousin; when she refuses the father's henchmen attack and overpower the husband Lin Xiaohou. Believing her husband to be dead the young woman, pregnant with her husband's child, throws herself off of the cliff. Landing in a tree branch, the woman, named Shi Shinlian survives the fall and awakes to find a tiger beneath the tree; the fright causes Shinlian to wet herself which she discovers brings the tiger under her spell.

For twenty years Shinlian raises her son Xiaochang. Xiaochang learns a tiger-like style of martial arts. Watching him practice his mother realizes he is becoming a man and tells him the story of his father. Curious he returns to the village where he is confronted and attacked by the townspeople because of his strange leopard-skin clothing. After a short fight with several villagers he is confronted by a man that he discovers is his father; when his father discovers his wife is still alive he goes with his new wife to the valley to invite her to return to the village. She states that she has become accustomed to life in the forest and cannot leave uncle tiger, but urges them to take Xiaochang so he can live among other people. One day Xiaochang stumbles upon a tiger hunt by the Shi family, his mother's family and the sworn enemy of his father's family. Xiaochang jokingly ` captures' and becomes enchanted by Xiaoling, she informs him to leave. At a local restaurant Xiaochang overhears that the Shi family is having a party to celebrate the hunt and decides to go to see Xiaoling.

Pulling her away from the crowd he reveals his feelings for her and she returns them but says their love is impossible because of the feud between their two families. Xiaoling's suitor in the Shi family discovers the couple and starts a brawl with Xiaochang in which one Xiaoling's brother is killed. Both Xiaochang and Xiaoling's families forbid them to see one another again. Upon learning of the death in their family, the Shi's attack the Ling family in force killing several people including Xiaochang's father; this leads to a counterattack by Ling family. When Shinlian goes to her family to try and stop the violence she is wounded by Xiaoling's suitor. Before she dies she tells her son he a member of the Shi family and he must end the war. Seeing Shinlian die, he reveals that for the past twenty years he had not killed, but that this is the one-hundredth person. He states that with this killing that when the moon is out he can transform into a demon in the shape of an old woman and hunt down the Shi family, which he proceeds to do.

In the end only Xiaochang and Xiaoling are left alive. They kill uncle tiger by pouring boiling oil over his demon form. Hu Chin Lo Lieh Wang Ya Hsia Chih-mo Stephen Tung Wei; when looking at the 1980 DVD release, So Good Hong Kong DVD Reviews wrote that the opening scenes of Tiger Love were bordering on "perverse and disturbing" in its suggestion that Hu Chin was impregnated by a tiger, but that the film was seen to be "nothing more than another martial arts entry", dull for its lack of decent choreography. The review finished by noting the director made the final 20 minutes more entertaining when a switch was made to a horror format as the "titular" tiger sought revenge. Tiger Love at the Hong Kong Movie Database Tiger Love at the Online-Filmdatenbank Tiger Love at Hong Kong Cinemagic Screen shots from the movie Tiger Love

Tom Rees (rugby union)

Thomas Rees is an ex-rugby union footballer who played flanker for London Wasps and has represented England at senior, Under-21, Under-19, Under-18 and Under-16 levels as well as sevens. He announced his retirement due to persistent injuries on 10 March 2012. Born 11 September 1984 in London, Rees began playing rugby at Harriet Costello Secondary School in 1996, he joined the youth team at Basingstoke RFC the following year. Under the guidance of Andy Bloodworth and Dave Luff, Rees progressed in the sport playing in the centre before specialising at openside flanker. Rees was selected for England U16s, where he was awarded player of the year, which led to his receiving offers from many Rugby-playing grammar schools: he chose to attend The Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe. Rees went on to play for England U18s and U19s, being the first-choice openside flanker in both sides, he signed for London Wasps on an academy contract, after two years and having just broken into the first team, he was offered a first team contract, which he re-signed on a two-year deal.

With Wasps he won both the Heineken Cup in 2007 and the 2008 Guinness Premiership title, scoring a try in the latter final. He returned to action on 27 March 2010 against Northampton, which ended 14 9 to Northampton but this followed wins over Gloucester and London Irish. On 10 March 2012, Rees was forced to retire from Rugby on the advice he received after sustaining a knee injury. Rees is a doctor at Basingstoke hospital. Rees captained the England U21 side in the Six Nations Championship but was not selected for the elite England squad for the 2005 autumn internationals due to a knee injury sustained during the 2005 Zurich Premiership semi-finals. Rees represented England A against Ireland A in early 2006. Rees had a string of injuries during the 2005–06 season, but on his return put in strong performances at Wasps and was granted his place in the full England squad after representing England at all age groups possible. Rees made his full England debut on 3 February 2007 against Scotland, coming on as a substitute for Joe Worsley.

Rees started his first game in the 26–18 victory against France on 11 March 2007 and was awarded the RBS Man of The Match Award by Brian Moore. Rees started the next game against Wales. Rees made his World Cup debut in England's initial group game against USA. Despite England under performing Rees was signalled out along with back Olly Barkley as two positives from the victory. Rees' second half try in that game put him second behind Nigel Redman as England's youngest try scoring forward during a World Cup Finals event. Despite starting in the following game against South Africa Rees failed to make another appearance during the 2007 World Cup. A thigh injury kept him out of the matches against Tonga and Samoa and during this time Lewis Moody claimed the number 7 shirt for the remainder of the tournament. Despite a supposed lack of form for his club side London Wasps since his return from the World Cup, Rees made Brian Ashton's 32-man training squad for the 2008 Six Nations and earned a place on the bench for the Six Nations opener against Wales ahead of other open-side specialists Michael Lipman and Magnus Lund.

Rees' strong form towards the end of the 2007–08 Guinness Premiership saw him selected to travel to New Zealand to represent England in a two-test summer tour. He was selected to start the first test at number 7 on 14 June 2008, a game which England lost 37–20. Despite England's defeat, Rees had put in a decent performance in that match. Rees was picked to start the second test in Christchurch on 21 June 2008. England were thumped 44–12. If Rees' career had not been cut short, he exhibited the potential to make the No.7 shirt his own. There is no doubt the England management would have been compelled to recognise Tom's natural ability as a player and a leader, enhancing the national teams strength and solving the No.7 debate. Guinness Premiership profile Wasps profile England profile Tom Rees photo by sportingheroes.net Tom Rees Video – Maximuscle Ambassador