"She is brave, beautiful, loyal, kind and generous. She is never boring and is as lovely looking in the morning in a G.I. shirt, pants and combat boots as she is at night or on the screen. She has an honesty and a comic and tragic sense of life that never let her be happy unless she loves... If she had nothing more than her voice she could break your heart with it. But she has that beautiful body and the timeless lovliness of her face. It makes no difference how she breaks your heart if she is there to mend it."Marlene Dietrich, born as Marie Magdalene Dietrich (December 27th 1901 — May 6th 1992) was a German-American actress and singer, and is considered one of the true legends of the Golden Age of Hollywood.Born 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.As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.
Marlene Dietrich on TV Tropes:
- The Blue Angel (1930)
- Morocco (1930)
- Blonde Venus (1932)
- Shanghai Express (1932)
- Destry Rides Again (1939)
- A Foreign Affair (1948)
- Stage Fright (1950)
- Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) (cameo)
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
- Touch of Evil (1958)
- Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Marlene Dietrich's roles provide examples of the following tropes:
- Bifauxnen / Wholesome Crossdresser: An early and iconic example for cinema.
- Femme Fatale: Marlene along with Louise Brooks was the Trope Codifier for this.
- Glamorous Wartime Singer: She became one during World War 2, touring a lot for the Allies in Western Europe after D-Day.
- Good Bad Girl: Practically all of her roles.
- Large Ham: She often played roles of this caliber in her later life. She's really having fun in Stage Fright.
- Nice Hat: Often wore a top hat while performing her cabaret act.
- Smoking Is Glamorous: One of the most iconic glamorized smokers, and provides the page image.
- Speech-Impeded Love Interest: She was a beauty who had many admirers; she also pronounced her r's as w's, a trait she shared with another great actress of that time, Kay Francis, and which was often seen as a Charm Point.
- Speech Impediment: See Speech-Impeded Love Interest.
- Where have all the flowers gone?