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MARLENE DIETRICH BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Marlene Dietrich was born with the birth name Magdalene Dietrich on December 27th, 1901 in Berlin, Germany.  She had an older sister and her father, Louis was a former Prussian cavalry officer who was serving as a police lieutenant when she was born.   Her mother, Josephine raised both girls after her father passed away when she was only nine years old.  
 
As a child, Dietrich was a talented violinist, attending the Augusta Victoria School in Berlin.  When World War I came about, her family relocated to Dessau since her step father was an army officer.  After the war, Dietrich finished her schooling at a boarding school in Weimar. 
 
In 1921, she moved back to Berlin and found work as a violinist in a movie theater, sadly due to a wrist injury, her musical instrument career came to an end.  She did however, find employment as a chorus girl in Berlin's nightclub scene.
 
In 1922, Dietrich enrolled in Berlin's Deutsche Theater School and began studying acting.  She finally had a chance to debut in a stage production of, "Pandora's Box" (1922) and from there proceeded to appear in a couple other stage productions as well as  landing some bit roles with the German Film Industry.  Since her mother disapproved of her career choice, she changed her name to use a combination of her first and middle name as her stage name.
 
Dietrich's screen debut was in a German film, "So Sind Die Manner" (1922), English translation, Men are Like Us.  In 1923 Marlene married Rudolph Sieber, a film professional who helped her get a role in, "Tragedy of Love" (1923) and a year later the couple had a daughter together, Marie.  They soon separated, but never officially divorced.  Six years later, she followed with her first lead in, "Prinzessin Olala" (1928), however, she still remained relatively unknown to public audiences until she was cast in, "Blaue Engel", also known by it's English title, "Blue Angel".  This was the first Sound German film and Dietrich played a cabaret singer.
 
Her role in the film helped her get noticed in America, therefore she relocated to Hollywood after extricating herself from her contract with Universum Film AG, which was the top German Studio at the time and in 1930 she filmed, "Morocco" with fellow actor, Gary Cooper.  For her work on this film, she received her one and only Academy Award nomination.  Under the direction of director, Von Sternberg, she worked on a variety of other films such as, "Dishonored" (1931), "Shanghai Express" (1932) and "The Scarlet Empress" (1934).
 
Many associated with Adolph Hitler wanted her to return to Germany and do some film work there, however she refused, hence her films were banned to be shown in her native country, so in 1939 she chose to become an American citizen.  
 
During World War II, Dietrich appeared over 500 times to entertain troops and also worked on war-bond drives recording anti Nazi messages in German for broadcast.  She also starred in more films with roles that softened her image such as, "Destry Rides Again" (1939) starring alongside James Stewart.  She had the opportunity to film with John Wayne on such pictures as, "Seven Sinners" (1940), "The Spoilers" (1942) and "Pittsburgh" (1942). 
 
During the late 40's and throughout the 50's her film career excelled with more roles on films such as "A Foreign Affair" (1948), "Rancho Notorious" (1952) co-starring Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer and George Reeves, "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957) and "Touch of Evil" (1958). 
 
Entering into the 60's, her film career was slowly declining and so she returned to working as a nightclub singer touring from Las Vegas to Paris.  She even returned to perform in Germany and for the most part, her appearance was well received.
 
As Marlene Dietrich entered into the 70's, she decided to put her performing career behind her and enter retirement, but completed one final film role on, "Just a Gigolo" (1979).  She then relocated to Paris and stayed out of the industry accept for one audio commentary for a documentary film about her, "Marlene" (1984) but she refused to appear on camera.
 
Dietrich passed away on May 6th, 1992 in her home in Paris.  She was buried next to her mother in Berlin.  She is survived by her daughter, Maria and four grandchildren.  Marlene Dietrich was one of the 20th Century's most enduring painted images.  She was known for her smoldering sex appeal, distinctive voice and personal fashion style.  
 

Filmography

1919  Im Schatten des Glücks
1923  The little Napoleon
1923  Man by the Wayside
1923  Love Tragedy
1924  Der monch from Santarem
1924  Leap Into Life
1925  Dance Mad
1926  Manon Lescaut
1926  Madame Doesn't Want Children  
1927  Eine Dubarry von heute  
1927  Der Juxbaron  
1927  Kopf hoch, Charly!  
1927  His Greatest Bluff  
1927  Cafe Elektric  
1928  Prinzessin Olala
1928  Die gluckliche Mutter  
1929  Dangers of the Engagement Period  
1929  I Kiss Your Hand, Madame
1929  The Woman One Longs For  
1929  The Ship of Lost Men  
1930  The Blue Angel
1930  Morocco
1931  Dishonored
1932  Shanghai Express
1932  Blonde Venus
1933  The Song of Songs
1934  The Scarlet Empress
1935  The Devil is a Woman
1935  The Fashion Side of Hollywood
1936  I Loved a Soldier
1936  Desire
1936  The Garden of Allah
1937  Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 7
1937  Knight Without Armor
1937  Angel
1939  Destry Rides Again
1940  Seven Sinners
1941  The Flame of New Orleans
1941  Manpower
1942  The Lady is Willing
1942  The Spoilers
1942  Pittsburgh
1943  Show Business at War
1944  Memo for Joe
1944  Kismet
1944  Follow the Boys
1946  Martin Roumagnac
1947  Golden Earrings
1948  A Foreign Affair
1949  Jigsaw
1950  Stage Fright
1951  No Highway in the Sky
1952  Rancho Notorious
1956  Around the World in Eighty Days
1957  The Monte Carlo Story
1957  Witness for the Prosecution
1958  Touch of Evil
1961  Judgement at Nuremberg
1962  Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
1963  Galakväll pa Berns   
1964  Paris When It Sizzles
1968  Magic of Marlene
1973  An Evening With Marlene Dietrich
1979  Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo
1984  Marlene   





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