- Acquired stage training as a teen in Vienna with famed director Max Reinhardt.
- Left for Hollywood before Hitler's threat when an MGM talent scout made her an offer.
- Nicknamed the Viennese Teardrop because of her emotional performances.
- First actor to win consecutive Academy Awards.
- Her rejection of Hollywood's star system and tedious filmmaking, along with a stormy marriage to playwright Clifford Odets, led to fewer prestigious roles and an early retirement.
- Her paintings have been featured in several solo art exhibitions.
- Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6300 Hollywood Blvd.
- 1936, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
- Heinrich Rainer — Father
- Clifford Odets — Ex-husband
- Robert Knittel — Husband (deceased)
- Emily Königsberger Rainer — Mother
- Francesca Knittel-Bowyer — Daughter