Marlene Dietrich

actor and singer Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically. In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as "Lola-Lola" in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and provided her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US.
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Deceased
06 May 1992
Death Place
France

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Marlene Dietrich Movie Schedule: SHANGHAI EXPRESS, THE SCARLET EMPRESS, THE ... - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Vittorio De Sica, Arthur O'Connell. C-101 mins, Letterbox Format. 7:45 AM KNIGHT WITHOUT ARMOUR (1937) A British spy tries to get a countess out of the new Soviet Union. Dir: Jacques Feyder. Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Robert Donat,
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Daily guide - Boston Globe
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R (1994) The Devil Is a Woman 10 pm (TCM) Josef von Sternberg's tale of a Spanish femme fatale (Marlene Dietrich). NR (1935) Disappearing Acts 10 pm (LMN) An aspiring singer falls for a construction worker (Wesley Snipes). (2000) Blood and Wine 10 pm
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TV and art films: Aug. 28 to Sept. 3 - Reading Eagle
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Among Hollywood's most prestigious efforts of the 1930s were the seven films that director Josef von Sternberg made with his muse, Marlene Dietrich. Some today may find them dated, or even (per Susan Sontag) campy; but there are others of us for whom
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70 years later, still haunted by ghosts of World War II - msnbc.com
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One war story that brings a smile to Guy's cherubic face involves sexy siren Marlene Dietrich. A German exile, Dietrich defied her homeland by performing for US troops throughout the war. At one show, Guy and Fred managed to sneak backstage and get her
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Preview: Marlene Dietrich – An Affectionate Tribute - So So Gay
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Marlene Dietrich, the smoky-voiced icon of the silver screen, whom in 1999 the American Film Institute named the ninth greatest female star of all time, is to be reclaimed by the gay community in a new show: Marlene Dietrich – An Affectionate Tribute
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Androgynous look famed by actor Marlene Dietrich striding back into vogue - Adelaide Now
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The bold, androgynous look is strongly associated with German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich, who wore a tuxedo in the 1930 film Morocco and the character Annie Hall in the 1977 film of the same name. Played by Diane Keaton, Annie wore vintage
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Midweek Madness: In these volatile days, Marlene Dietrich's musical saw may soothe - Baltimore Sun (blog)
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Here then, for something completely different, the immortal Marlene Dietrich performing a lovely little Hawaiian song on her saw. As you will hear in this radio show from the 1940s, interviewed by Milton Cross (voice of the Metropolitan Opera
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Lions club to conduct blood drive Monday at clubhouse - Lancaster Eagle Gazette
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Imagine if you can, an evening with Cole Porter at the piano, Dorothy Parker at the bar and Marlene Dietrich singing. The cast will feature Elise and Julie Bruckelmeyer, Roxanne Crocco, Jeff and Mary Dupler, Jane Dickman, Dawn Grube,
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'My Fair Lidy' nearly 'a wrap' - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
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He plays a straight man who discovers a talent for impersonating Marlene Dietrich in the dramedy, a guy whose friends, co-workers and boss don't know he has a secret. Backus crooned — Dietrich style — an original, smokey and suggestive song by the
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Europe's movie heritage now captured forever online - Siliconrepublic.com
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A new EU-supported internet portal to the digital collections of European film archives including rare Marlene Dietrich footage and which offers free access to currently about 400000 digital videos, photos, film posters and text materials has just gone
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Silent Films Soar In San Francisco - Indie Wire (blog)
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Rare films from around the globe, featuring everyone from Marlene Dietrich to Walt Disney's earliest animated characters, marked the 16th annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival this past weekend…along with the announcement of the Festival's plans
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Ways With Words - Rabbi Lionel Blue: Marlene Dietrich is my inspiration in old age - Telegraph.co.uk
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Asked about the music he would take to a desert island he said it had always been women's voices that “got me” and that his inspiration in old age was Marlene Dietrich. “She just carried on regardless. They propped her up at the bar, virtually glueing
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SF Silent Film Festival: early Marlene Dietrich - San Francisco Chronicle
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Marlene Dietrich makes a steamy entrance in Kurt Bernhardt's 1929 German silent film "The Woman Men Yearn For." Marlene Dietrich was a little-known Berlin stage actress who appeared occasionally in small roles in German silent films when Hollywood
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Christopher Backus IS Marlene Dietrich — or a Marlene drag performer, in 'My ... - Orlando Sentinel (blog)
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Backus, a hunky 29 year old who could pass for Robert Pattinson's macho older brother, plays a straight guy who drunkenly discovers his resemblance to Marlene Dietrich and steps, tentatively, into a world he barely knew existed when he dons a dress
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The naked truth about Marlene’s later years - Yorkshire Post
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No, what we are talking about is the “nude dress” being made for Sarah Parks for her portrayal of Marlene Dietrich in a revival of the late Pam Gems' play which recounts the screen star's twilight years. The heavily-beaded evening gown of silk soufflé,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Marlene Dietrich
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 90
    In 1992, a plaque was unveiled at Leberstraße 65 in Berlin-Schöneberg, the site of Dietrich's birth.
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    On 14 May 1992, her funeral ceremony was performed at her favorite Parisian church, La Madeleine.
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    Her funeral ceremony was conducted at La Madeleine in Paris, a Roman Catholic church on 14 May 1992.
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  • 1989
    Age 87
    In 1989, her appeal to save the Babelsberg studios from closure was broadcast on BBC Radio, and she spoke on television via telephone on the occasion of the fall of the Berlin Wall later that year.
  • 1988
    Age 86
    In 1988, Dietrich recorded spoken introductions to songs for a nostalgia album by Udo Lindenberg.
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  • 1982
    Age 80
    In 1982, Dietrich agreed to participate in a documentary film about her life, Marlene (1984), but refused to be filmed.
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  • 1979
    Age 77
    Her autobiography, Nehmt nur mein Leben (Take Just My Life), was published in 1979.
  • 1975
    Age 73
    Dietrich's show business career largely ended on 29 September 1975, when she fell off the stage and broke her thigh during a performance in Sydney, Australia.
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  • 1973
    Age 71
    Maybe once, but not now," Dietrich told Clive Hirschhorn in 1973, explaining that she continued performing only for the money.
    A stage fall at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Maryland in 1973 injured her left thigh, necessitating skin grafts to allow the wound to heal.
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  • 1972
    Age 70
    In November 1972, I Wish You Love, a version of Dietrich's Broadway show titled An Evening With Marlene Dietrich, was filmed in London.
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  • 1968
    Age 66
    She performed on Broadway twice (in 1967 and 1968) and won a special Tony Award in 1968.
  • 1964
    Age 62
    Dietrich in London, a concert album, was recorded during the run of her 1964 engagement at the Queen's Theatre.
  • 1962
    Age 60
    She also undertook a tour of Israel around the same time, which was well-received; she sang some songs in German during her concerts, including, from 1962, a German version of Pete Seeger's anti-war anthem "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", thus breaking the unofficial taboo against the use of German in Israel.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1960
    Age 58
    Dietrich's return to West Germany in 1960 for a concert tour was met with mixed reception— despite a consistently negative press, vociferous protest by chauvinistic Germans who felt she had betrayed her homeland, and two bomb threats, her performance attracted huge crowds.
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  • 1957
    Age 55
    Bacharach's arrangements helped to disguise Dietrich's limited vocal range—she was a contralto—and allowed her to perform her songs to maximum dramatic effect; together, they recorded four albums and several singles between 1957 and 1964.
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  • 1953
    Age 51
    During 1953–54, she starred in 38 episodes of Time for Love on CBS (which debuted 15 January 1953).
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    In 1953, Dietrich was offered a then-substantial $30,000 per week to appear live at the Sahara Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1948
    Age 46
    When Maria gave birth to a son (John, a famous production designer) in 1948, Dietrich was dubbed "the world's most glamorous grandmother".
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  • 1947
    Age 45
    Dietrich received the Medal of Freedom in November 1947.
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  • 1944
    Age 42
    In 1944, the Morale Operations Branch of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) initiated the Musak project, musical propaganda broadcasts designed to demoralize enemy soldiers.
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    During two extended tours for the USO in 1944 and 1945, she performed for Allied troops in Algeria, Italy, the UK and France, then went into Germany with Generals James M. Gavin and George S. Patton.
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  • 1942
    Age 40
    She toured the US from January 1942 to September 1943 (appearing before 250,000 troops on the Pacific Coast leg of her tour alone) and was reported to have sold more war bonds than any other star.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1941
    Age 39
    In December 1941, the U.S. entered World War II, and Dietrich became one of the first celebrities to help sell war bonds.
  • 1939
    Age 37
    In 1939, she became an American citizen and renounced her German citizenship.
    Dietrich became a U.S. citizen in 1939, and throughout World War II she was a high-profile entertainer.
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  • 1938
    Age 36
    In 1938, Dietrich met and began a relationship with the writer Erich Maria Remarque, and in 1941, the French actor and military hero Jean Gabin.Their romance began when both were supporting the Allied troops in World War II.
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    By this time, Dietrich placed 126th in box office rankings, and American film exhibitors proclaimed her "box office poison" in May 1938, a distinction she shared with Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Katharine Hepburn, Norma Shearer, Dolores del Río and Fred Astaire among others.
  • 1937
    Age 35
    In 1937, her entire salary for Knight Without Armor (450,000) was put into escrow to help the refugees.
    She refused their offers and applied for US citizenship in 1937.
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  • 1932
    Age 30
    Shanghai Express (1932), which was dubbed, by the critics, as "Grand Hotel on wheels", was Sternberg and Dietrich's biggest box office success, becoming the highest-grossing film of 1932.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1930
    Age 28
    Dietrich starred in six films directed by von Sternberg at Paramount between 1930 and 1935.
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  • 1929
    Age 27
    In 1929, Dietrich landed the breakthrough role of Lola Lola, a sexy cabaret singer who caused the downfall of a hitherto respectable schoolmaster (played by Emil Jannings), in UFA's production The Blue Angel (1930).
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  • 1924
    Age 22
    Her only child, daughter Maria Elisabeth Sieber, was born on 13 December 1924.
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  • 1923
    Age 21
    She met her future husband, Rudolf Sieber, on the set of another film made that year, Tragödie der Liebe. Dietrich and Sieber were married in a civil ceremony in Berlin on 17 May 1923.
  • 1922
    Age 20
    Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher's Girl-Kabarett, vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. In 1922, Dietrich auditioned unsuccessfully for theatrical director and impresario Max Reinhardt's drama academy; however, she soon found herself working in his theatres as a chorus girl and playing small roles in dramas, without attracting any special attention at first.
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    Her dreams of becoming a concert violinist were curtailed when she injured her wrist, but by 1922 she had her first job, playing violin in a pit orchestra that accompanied silent films at a cinema in Berlin.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Age 5
    Dietrich attended the Auguste-Viktoria Girls' School from 1907 to 1917 and graduated from the Victoria-Luise-Schule (today Goethe-Gymnasium Berlin-Wilmersdorf) in 1918.
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  • 1901
    Born
    Born on December 27, 1901.
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