Marlene Dietrich

Actor, Singer, Factory worker
Arguably one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, actress Marlene Dietrich utilized her cat-shaped eyes, high cheekbones, and halo of blonde curls to capture the imagination of fans both male and ... Read more »
Born: 12/27/1901 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (40)

Entertaining the Troops 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Going Hollywood: The War Years 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Marlene 1986 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Just a Gigolo 1978 (Movie)

Baroness Von Semering (Actor)

Marlene Dietrich: I Wish You Love 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Paris When It Sizzles 1962 (Movie)

(uncredited) Guest Star (Actor)

The Black Fox 1962 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Judgment at Nuremberg 1961 (Movie)

Madame Bertholt (Actor)

Touch of Evil 1958 (Movie)

Tanya (Actor)

Witness For the Prosecution 1958 (Movie)

Christine Vole (Actor)

The Monte Carlo Story 1957 (Movie)

Marquise Maria DeCrevecoeur (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Hostess (Actor)

Rancho Notorious 1952 (Movie)

Altar Keane (Actor)

Stage Fright 1950 (Movie)

Charlotte Inwood (Actor)

A Foreign Affair 1948 (Movie)

Erika Von Schluetow (Actor)

Pittsburgh 1941 (Movie)

Josie ["Hunky"] Winters (Actor)

The Spoilers 1941 (Movie)

(Actor)

Manpower 1940 (Movie)

Fay Duval (Actor)

Seven Sinners 1939 (Movie)

Bijou (Actor)

Destry Rides Again 1938 (Movie)

Frenchy (Actor)

Desire 1935 (Movie)

Madeleine DeBeaupre (Actor)

The Garden of Allah 1935 (Movie)

Domini Enfilden (Actor)

The Devil Is a Woman 1934 (Movie)

Concha Perez (Actor)

The Scarlet Empress 1933 (Movie)

Sophia Frederica--Catherine II (Actor)

Blonde Venus 1932 (Movie)

Helen Faraday (Actor)

Song of Songs 1932 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shanghai Express 1931 (Movie)

Shanghai Lily (Actor)

Dishonored 1930 (Movie)

X-27 (Actor)

Morocco 1930 (Movie)

Amy Jolly (Actor)

The Blue Angel 1930 (Movie)

Lola Lola (Actor)

Die Frau Nach der Man Sich Sehnt 1928 (Movie)

(Actor)

Die Freudlose gasse 1924 (Movie)

Extra (Actor)

Golden Earrings (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Jigsaw (TV Show)

Actor

Kismet (Movie)

Jamilla (Actor)

Knight Without Armour (Movie)

Alexandra Vladinoff (Actor)

Madame wunscht keine Kinder (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

Martin Roumagnac (Movie)

Blanche Ferrand (Actor)

The Flame of New Orleans (Movie)

Claire Ledeux (Actor)

The Lady Is Willing (Movie)

Elizabeth Madden (Actor)
Music (10)

Undivided Attention 2014 (Movie)

("Ich Bin Von Kopf Bis Fuss Auf Liebe Eigesteelt" "Lili Marleen") (Song Performer)

Bossa Nova 2000 (Movie)

("Quand L'amour Meurt") (Song Performer)

Paragraph 175 2000 (Movie)

("Falling in Love Again") (Song Performer)

Fight Club 1999 (Movie)

("No Love, No Nothin'") (Song Performer)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

("You Do Something to Me") (Song Performer)

Judgment in Berlin 1988 (Movie)

("Ich bin von Kopf bis Fub auf Liebe eingestellt") (Song Performer)

Just a Gigolo 1978 (Movie)

("Just a Gigolo") (Song Performer)

La Jeune Fille assassinee 1974 (Movie)

("Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt" "Ich bin die fesche Lola") (Song Performer)

Desire 1935 (Movie)

("You're Here I'm Here") (Song Performer)

Blonde Venus 1932 (Movie)

("Hot Voodoo" "I Couldn't Be Annoyed") (Song Performer)

Biography

Arguably one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, actress Marlene Dietrich utilized her cat-shaped eyes, high cheekbones, and halo of blonde curls to capture the imagination of fans both male and female. At once alluring and sexy, Dietrich projected a curious androgyny by casting off societal mores and sometimes dressing as man, wearing trousers, vests and ties. She received her start in her native Germany working as a chorus girl and later performer in silent films, where she caught the attention of director Josef von Sternberg, who became both mentor and lover. It was von Sternberg who introduced Dietrich to America in "Morocco" (1930), a bold and rather scandalous debut that featured the actress dressed in a man's tuxedo and kissing another woman. She went on to star in a number of hit movies with von Sternberg, including "Shanghai Express" (1932) and "The Scarlett Empress" (1934), before the two broke off their professional and personal relationship. Though one of the highest paid actresses of her day, Dietrich nonetheless made a series of flops like "Angel" (1937) and "Knight Without Armor" (1937) that tagged her as box office poison. Meanwhile, she became actively involved in selling war bonds and performing for the troops during World War II. Dietrich's film career wound down in the 1950s following noted performances in "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957), "Touch of Evil" (1958) and "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). During this time, she found second life as a stage performer who sold-out houses the world over. But a series of injuries suffered in the mid-1970s forced her retirement while raising charges that she was battling alcoholism. Though she remained in seclusion for the rest of her days, Dietrich left behind a legacy as an alluring screen goddess whose sensual, yet mysterious persona embodied the true definition of movie star.

Relationships

Louis Erich Otto Dietrich

Father
died in 1907

Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine Dietrich Von Losch

Mother
Dietrich made her last visit to Germany to attend her mother's funeral

Mercedes Acosta

Companion

Yul Brynner Actor

Companion
had relationship c. 1951-1955

Marion Carstairs

Companion
first met in 1937 reportedly had affair around 1939-1940 Dietrich referred to Carstairs as 'The Pirate' had vitriolic break-up

Maurice Chevalier

Companion

Gary Cooper Actor

Companion
met during filming of "Morocco" (1930) Dietrich was served a writ by Cooper's wife during her divorce proceedings writ later dropped

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Actor

Companion

Willi Forst

Companion

Jean Gabin

Companion

John Gilbert Actor

Companion

Margo Lion

Companion
together c. 1928

Edouard Losch

Step-Father
died from wounds suffered in WWI

George Patton

Companion
reportedly presented her with a pair of pearl-handled revolvers

Edith Piaf

Companion

Erich Remarque

Companion
at time of relationship, Dietrich was reportedly also seeing Marion Carstairs

J. Michael Riva Production Designer

Grandson
Born June 28, 1948 Died June 6, 2012

David Riva

Grandson
born c. 1961

Jean-Paul Riva

Grandson
born c. 1957

Peter Riva

Grandson
born c. 1950

Rudolf Sieberwhich

Husband
born in 1897 married from May 17, 1923 until his death in 1976 separated for most of the time they were married went on to have long-term relationship with Tami Matul

Maria Sieberwich

Daughter
born on december 13, 1924 wrote a biography of her mother in 1992 had four sons with second husband William Riva

Josef Sternberg

Companion
made seven films with Dietrich between 1929 and 1935

Richard Tauber

Companion
together in 1929

John Wayne Actor

Companion
had relationship c. 1940

Michael Wilding Actor

Companion
met during filming of "Stage Fright" (1950)

Elisabeth Will

Sister
born in 1900 with her husband Georg had worked for the Nazis at Bergen-Belsen running a canteen and cinema for German soldiers and SS officers during WWII embarrassed by her sister's associations, Dietrich later claimed to be an only child, although she reportedly maintained occasional contact with her sibling until her sister's death in 1973

EDUCATION

Max Reinhardt School

Berlin
the school was incorporated into The Berlin University of Arts in 1964

(attended schools in Berlin and Dressau, Germany (1907-1919))

Hochschule fur Musik

Berlin
quit after wrist injury

Milestones

1993

The city of Berlin purchased her personal collection of some 100,000 photographs, diaries, costumes and other pieces of memorabilia, which formed the core of a new museum, itself part of the German Film Archives, to be housed in the European headquarters

1984

Subject of the documentary "Marlene", directed by Maximilian Schell; refused to appear on camera although she had telephone conversations with Schell

1978

Returned to feature films in small role in "Just a Gigolo"

1975

Injured in a stage fall in Australia; retired to her home in Paris

1973

Made television debut hosting and starring in the CBS variety special "Marlene Dietrich: I Wish You Love"

1967

Enjoyed stage triumph on Broadway with one-woman show

1961

Was featured in the Stanley Kramer-directed film "Judgment at Nuremberg"; first worked with Maximilian Schell

1958

Offered a memorable cameo as a gypsy fortune teller in "Touch of Evil", directed by Orson Welles

1957

Reteamed with Billy Wilder on "Witness for the Prosecution"

1956

Was one of the many stars who made cameo appearances in "Around the World in 80 Days"

1952

Offered a fine turn in "Rancho Notorious", helmed by Fritz Lang

1950

Collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock on "Stage Fright"

1948

Directed by Billy Wilder in "A Foreign Affair"

1943

Devoted considerable time during WWII to entertaining the troops; traveled throughout north Africa and Europe

1939

Appeared in popular comeback vehicle, the classic comedy-Western, "Destry Rides Again", opposite James Stewart

1938

Voted "box office poison" by motion picture exhibitor's poll, along with Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Joan Crawford, Edward Arnold and others

1937

Became American citizen on March 6

1937

Last film under Paramount contract, "Angel"

1935

Made last film with von Sternberg, "The Devil Is a Woman"

1933

First American starring vehicle not directed by von Sternberg, "Song of Songs", helmed by Rouben Mamoulian

1932

Made "Shanghai Express", the most popular of the seven films she starred in under Josef von Sternberg's direction

1931

Received sole Best Actress Oscar nomination for "Morocco"

1930

Hollywood debut in English-language version of "The Blue Angel", produced by Paramount but not released till after her second US film, "Morocco", was a smash success

1930

Immigrated to USA (April)

1929

Achieved stardom as Lola Lola in Josef von Sternberg's "Der Blaue Engel/The Blue Angel"

1929

Had first lead in films in "Die Frau, Nach der Man Sicht Sehnt"

1926

Acted in the German-language film "Manon Lescault"

1925

Appeared as unbilled extra in G.W. Pabst's "Joyless Street," which starred Asta Nielsen and Greta Garbo

1923

First leading role, opposite William Dieterle in his directorial debut, "Der Mensche am Wege"

1922

Screen acting debut in "So Sind die Manner/Napoleon's Kleiner Bruder/Der Kleine Napoleon"

1921

Stage debut as chorus girl

Headlined shows in Las Vegas and in London

Raised in Berlin and Dressau, Germany

Bonus Trivia

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British critic Kenneth Tynan described Dietrich's androgynous image as "sex without gender" (quoted in "The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles", 1984) He went on to say "She has the bearing of a man; the characters she plays love power and wear trousers. Marlene's masculinity appeals to women and her sexuality to men."

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Hollywood producer Joe Pasternak urged Paramount to sign Dietrich because she had "the one essential ingredient of international stardom: millions of guys would want to make love to her." (quoted in "The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles" 1984)

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She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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She was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1950.

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Promoted from Officer to Commander of the French Legion of Honor (January 1990).

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