Creator: Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich was a German actress and singer (1901-1992). She started out in vaudeville and theater, then moved to silent films and her transition to sound coincided with the time she moved to the US (1930); she became a U.S. citizen in 1939. An anti-Nazi, Dietrich performed for the American troops on the front lines of the European theater of World War II.As an actress, she is known for her sultry, somewhat stoic style of acting. She also famously crossdressed in many of her roles, usually cabaret scenes. She's most famous for her many collaborations with director Josef von Sternberg.Dietrich was very secretive of her private life, although she was openly bisexual. Her list of conquests is truly staggeringnote , although it should be taken with a grain of salt, especially because a lot of those claims come from her rather jaded daughter, Maria Riva, who also published poetry written by her.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
Marlene Dietrich's roles provide examples of the following tropes:
- Bifauxnen / Wholesome Crossdresser
- Femme Fatale
- Good Bad Girl: Pretty much every role.
- Platonic Life Partners: Despite both of them otherwise having reputations as Casanovas, Orson Welles insisted their relationship was just friendship.
- Nice Hat: Often wore a top hat while performing her cabaret act.
- Playing Against Type: Dietrich did this with some frequency later in her career. Especially Judgment At Nuremberg, where she plays a resentful (and decidedly unglamorous) German war widow.
- The Rival: Greta Garbo, who was also a European Hollywood sex symbol of iconic proportions.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: One of the most iconic glamorized smokers, and provides the page image.