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Rainer at Oscars Reunion

March 25, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ When Oscar asked his old pals to a reunion, most couldn’t resist.

The gathering of more than 75 previous Academy Award winners became a highlight of Monday night’s ceremony _ a reminder of the performers and films that have charmed moviegoers for years.

Luise Rainer, a winner for 1936′s ``The Great Ziegfeld″ and 1937′s ``The Good Earth″ showed up for the reunion on stage. So did Cher, who won for 1987′s ``Moonstruck″ and Michael Douglas, who won for 1987′s ``Wall Street,″ and Martin Landau, a winner for 1994′s ``Ed Wood.″

Invitations went to all 126 living recipients of acting Oscars, but such well-known faces _ and multiple winners _ as Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep and Sally Field couldn’t accept.

``Every single person, save one, either had a working conflict or a family conflict,″ Eva Demirijian, a spokeswoman for awards producer Gil Cates, said Tuesday.

The exception was Marlon Brando. No surprise there: He refused to accept his best actor trophy in 1973 for ``The Godfather″ on political grounds and sent a Native American representative to decline for him.

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