Creator / Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich (December 27th 1901 — May 6th 1992) was a German-American actress and singer, and one of the true legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Born Marie Magdalene Dietrich in Schöneberg, Berlin, she started out in vaudeville and theater, then moved to German silent films. The transition to sound coincided with her move to Hollywood in 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. She also played a major part in helping many refugees in Europe emigrate to Hollywood.

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.

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