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Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich
Dietrich in her trademark tuxedo, inspired by a notable scene in the 1930 film 'Morocco'
Personal information
Birth nameMarie Magdalene Dietrich
Birth date27 December 1901
Place of birthSchöneberg, German Empire
Date of death6 May 1992(age 90)
Death placeParis, France
Years active1919 84
SpouseRudolf Sieber (1923 76)
ChildrenMaria Riva, born 13 December 1924(age 91)
RelativesJohn Michael Riva (grandson), born 28 June 1948(age 68)

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Marlene Dietrich (-demaɐˈleːnə ˈdiːtʁɪç; 27 December 1901 6 May 1992) was a German born American actress and singer.

Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically. In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and provided her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US. Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express and Desire capitalised on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest paid actresses of the era. Dietrich became a US citizen in 1937, and throughout World War II she was a high-profile frontline entertainer. Although she still made occasional films in the post-war years, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a successful show performer.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of all time.

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