Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
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The Blue Angel (1930)
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Marlene Dietrich was born Marie Magdalene Dietrich on 27 December 1901 in Schöneberg, a district of Berlin, Germany. Her mother was from a well-to-do Berlin family who owned a clockmaking firm and her father was a police lieutenant who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Her father died in 1907.
Around the age of 11, she contracted her two first names to form the then-unusual name, Marlene.
Dietrich attended the Auguste Victoria School for Girls from 1906 to 1918. She studied the violin and became interested in the theatre and poetry as a teenager. Her dreams of becoming a concert violinist were cut short when she injured her wrist.
Since 1921, Dietrich soon found herself working in theatres as a chorus girl and playing small roles in dramas.
Dietrich made her film debut playing a bit part in the 1922 film, "So sind die Männer."
Dietrich and Rudolf Sieber were married on 17 May 1924. Her only child, daughter Maria Elisabeth Sieber, later billed as actress Maria Riva, was born on 13 December 1924.
In 1929, Dietrich landed her breakthrough role of Lola-Lola, a cabaret singer who causes the downfall of a hitherto respected schoolmaster, in UFA`s production, "The Blue Angel" (1930). The film was directed by Josef von Sternberg, who thereafter took credit for having "discovered" Dietrich.
Dietrich then moved to the U.S. on contract to Paramount Pictures. The studio sought to market Dietrich as a German answer to MGM`s Swedish sensation, Greta Garbo. Her first American film, "Morocco," directed by von Sternberg, earned Dietrich her only Oscar nomination.
Without von Sternberg, Dietrich—along with Mae West, Dolores del Rio, Katharine Hepburn and others—was labeled "box office poison" in 1937. In 1939, however, her stardom revived when she played the cowboy saloon girl Frenchie in the light-hearted western "Destry Rides Again" opposite James Stewart.
In December 1941, the U.S. entered World War II, and Dietrich became one of the first celebrities to raise war bonds. She entertained troops on the front lines in a USO revue.
She sang for the Allied troops on the front lines in Algeria and France, and went into Germany with Generals James M. Gavin and George S. Patton.
Dietrich`s recording career spanned over half a century.
During the 1960s, Dietrich recorded several albums and many singles, mostly with Burt Bacharach at the helm of the orchestra.
Her repertoire included songs from her films as well as popular songs of the day.
Dietrich`s show business career largely ended on 29 September 1975, when she broke her leg during a stage performance in Sydney, Australia. Her husband, Rudolf Sieber, died of cancer on 24 June 1976.
Growing increasingly reclusive, Dietrich withdrew to her apartment at 12 avenue Montaigne in Paris.
Dietrich died peacefully of renal failure on 6 May 1992 at the age of 90 in Paris. Her body, covered with an American flag, was then returned to Berlin, where she was interred near her mother`s grave and not far away from the house where she was born.
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Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (, 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German-American actress and singer.
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Marlene Dietrich died on 6th May, 1992. Her last relationship was with Milton Berle.
During her life she was married to Rudolf Sieber from 1923 to 1976.
She also dated Milton Berle in 1978, Bob Ritchie in 1976, Eddie Fisher in 1975, John F. Kennedy in 1962, Spencer Tracy in 1961, Burt Lancaster in 1961, Alberto Giacometti in 1959, Ginette Spanier in 1959, Burt Bacharach from 1958 to 1963, Orson Welles in 1958, Joe DiMaggio in 1957, Tyrone Power in 1957, Michael Todd in 1955, John O'hara in 1955, Edward R. Murrow in 1953, Greg Bautzer in 1953, Fritz Lang in 1952, William Saroyan in 1952, Tim Durant in 1951, Marlon Brando in 1951, Yul Brynner from 1950 to 1951, Michael Wilding in 1950, Burgess Meredith in 1949, Gérard Philipe in 1948, Jorge Guinle in 1948, Édith Piaf from 1947 to 1950, Howard Hughes in 1947, Otto Preminger in 1947, James Gavin in 1945, George S. Patton in 1944, Frank Sinatra in 1944, Leland Hayward in 1944, Ronald Colman in 1944, José Iturbi in 1944, Dolores del Rio in 1943, Richard Barthelmess in 1942, Jean Gabin from 1941 to 1946, Anthony Quinn in 1941, John Wayne from 1940 to 1943, Errol Flynn in 1940, Leo Lerman in 1940, Sigrid Gurie in 1940, James Stewart in 1939, Joseph P. Kennedy in 1938, Imperio Argentina in 1938, Erich Maria Remarque from 1937 to 1940, Robert Donat in 1937, Marion Carstairs in 1937, Humphrey Bogart in 1936, Ona Munson in 1936, Frances Day in 1936, Claudette Colbert in 1935, Elizabeth Allan in 1935, Lili Damita in 1935, Cesar Romero in 1935, Ernest Hemingway from 1934 to 1961, John Gilbert from 1934 to 1936, Hans Jaray in 1934, Fred Perry in 1934, Ferenc Molnár in 1933, Paulette Goddard in 1933, Brian Aherne in 1933, Mercedes de Acosta from 1932 to 1933, Kirk Douglas in 1932, Adlai Stevenson in 1932, Reginald Gardiner in 1932, Greta Garbo in 1932, Maurice Chevalier in 1932, Anna May Wong in 1932, Tallulah Bankhead in 1932, Cecil Beaton in 1932, George Benard Shaw in 1932, Jean Arthur in 1931, Victor McLaglen in 1931, Gary Cooper from 1930 to 1931, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. from 1930 to 1938, Josef von Sternberg from 1929 to 1935, Richard Tauber in 1929, Greta Keller in 1928, Colette in 1927, Willi Forst in 1927, Igo Sym in 1927, Claire Waldoff from 1926 to 1930, Berthold Held in 1922, Marilyn Monroe and Robert F. Kennedy.
Marlene Dietrich was rumored to have hooked up with George Raft in 1941, Leslie Howard in 1936, George Bernard Shaw in 1932, Judy Garland, Adolf Hitler, Irene Ware and Denise Parker.