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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passed away on 6th May 1992 aged 90. |||
Marlene Dietrich passed away on 6th May 1992 aged 90.
Marlene Dietrich was previously married to Rudolf Sieber (1923 - 1976).
She was also in relationships with Bob Ritchie (1976), Eddie Fisher (1975), John F. Kennedy (1962), Spencer Tracy (1961), Burt Lancaster (1961), Ginette Spanier (1959), Alberto Giacometti (1959), Orson Welles (1958), Burt Bacharach (1958 - 1963), Joe DiMaggio (1957), Tyrone Power (1957), John O'hara (1955), Michael Todd (1955), Greg Bautzer (1953), Edward R. Murrow (1953), Fritz Lang (1952), William Saroyan (1952), Marlon Brando (1951), Tim Durant (1951), Yul Brynner (1950 - 1951), Michael Wilding (1950), Burgess Meredith (1949), Jorge Guinle (1948), Gérard Philipe (1948), Édith Piaf (1947 - 1963), Howard Hughes (1947), Otto Preminger (1947), James Gavin (1945), George S. Patton (1944), Frank Sinatra (1944), Leland Hayward (1944), José Iturbi (1944), Dolores del Rio (1943), Richard Barthelmess (1942), Anthony Quinn (1941), Jean Gabin (1941 - 1946), Leo Lerman (1940), Sigrid Gurie (1940), John Wayne (1940 - 1943), Errol Flynn (1940), James Stewart (1939), Joseph P. Kennedy (1938), Imperio Argentina (1938), Robert Donat (1937), Marion Carstairs (1937), Erich Maria Remarque (1937 - 1940), Frances Day (1936), Humphrey Bogart (1936), Ona Munson (1936), Claudette Colbert (1935), Elizabeth Allan (1935), Cesar Romero (1935), Lili Damita (1935), Fred Perry (1934), Ernest Hemingway (1934 - 1960), John Gilbert (1934 - 1936), Hans Jaray (1934), Paulette Goddard (1933), Ferenc Molnár (1933), Brian Aherne (1933), Cecil Beaton (1932), Maurice Chevalier (1932), George Benard Shaw (1932), Anna May Wong (1932), Kirk Douglas (1932), Tallulah Bankhead (1932), Greta Garbo (1932), Adlai Stevenson (1932), Mercedes de Acosta (1932 - 1933), Reginald Gardiner (1932), Victor McLaglen (1931), Jean Arthur (1931), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1930 - 1938), Gary Cooper (1930 - 1931), Richard Tauber (1929), Josef von Sternberg (1929 - 1935), Greta Keller (1928), Colette (1927), Igo Sym (1927), Claire Waldoff (1926 - 1930), Berthold Held (1922), Ronald Colman (1920), Robert F. Kennedy and Patsy Ruth Miller.
Marlene Dietrich is rumoured to have hooked up with George Raft (1941), Leslie Howard (1936), George Bernard Shaw (1932), Willi Forst (1927), Denise Parker (1931 - 1932), Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Irene Ware and Adolf Hitler.
Marlene Dietrich had a daughter named Maria, age 91.
Marlene Dietrich is a 90 year old German Actress. Born Marie Magdalene Dietrich on 27th December, 1901 in Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany and educated at Auguste-Viktoria girls school from 1907 to 1917, she is famous for The Blue Angel (1930) in a career that spans 1919–1984. Her zodiac sign is Capricorn.
Marlene Dietrich was in 9 on-screen matchups, notably with George Raft in Manpower (1941), James Stewart in Destry Rides Again (1939), Bruce Cabot in The Flame of New Orleans (1941), Cary Grant in Blonde Venus (1932) and Clive Brook in Shanghai Express (1932).
Marlene Dietrich is a member of the following lists:
Las Vegas entertainers,
Women autobiographers and
Singers from Berlin.
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