Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Marlene Dietrich

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (1901 – 1992) was a German 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 (1930), directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and garnered her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US.

Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express (1932) and Desire (1936) capitalised on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest-paid actresses of the era.

In 1939, she played cowboy saloon girl, Frenchie, in the classic western Destry Rides Again, opposite James Stewart. The bawdy role revived her career and "The Boys in the Back Room", a song she introduced in the film, became a hit when she recorded it for Decca. She played similar types in Seven Sinners (1940) and The Spoilers (1942), both opposite John Wayne.

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 Marlene Dietrich the ninth-greatest actress of all time. [Wikipedia]

The Blue Angel (1930)

The Blue Angel (1930) German poster

Morocco (1930)

Morocco (1930)

Blonde Venus (1932) French poster

Blonde Venus (1932) art by Charles Lennox Wright

Shanghai Express (1932) German poster

Shanghai Express (1932) Italian poster

Shanghai Express (1932) French poster

The Song of Songs (1933)

The Scarlet Empress (1934) French poster

The Scarlet Empress (1934) French poster

The Devil is a Woman (1935)

The Devil is a Woman (1935)

Desire (1936)

Desire (1936)

The Garden of Allah (1936) Belgian poster

The Garden of Allah (1936) French poster

Angel (1937)

Angel (1937) Belgian poster

Knight Without Armor (1937)

Knight Without Armor (1937)

Destry Rides Again (1939)

Seven Sinners (1940) Belgian poster

Seven Sinners (1940)

The Flame of New Orleans (1941)

The Flame of New Orleans (1941) Belgian poster

Manpower (1941)

Pittsburgh (1942)

The Spoilers (1942)

Kismet (1944) German poster

Kismet (1944) Italian poster

Golden Earrings (1947)

A Foreign Affair (1948)

Stage Fright (1950) Italian poster

Rancho Notorious (1952)

Rancho Notorious (1952) Italian poster

Witness for the Prosecution (1957) Italian poster

Touch of Evil (1958)

Just a Gigolo (1978) French poster

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