Thursday, November 22, 2018

62 Stunning Photographs of Actress Marlene Dietrich From the 1930s to the 1950s

Marie Magdelene Dietrich was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901.
Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War.
Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties,
Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died, while she was
11, Marlene's mother married Eduard von Losch. Marlene enjoyed music and
attended concerts. She was adept at playing the violin and piano. By the time
she was in her mid-teens, Marlene had discovered the stage. Acting was to be
her vocation. In 1921, Marlene applied for an acting school run by Max
Reinhardt. She was accepted. She appeared in several stage production, but
never had more than a couple of spoken lines. In short, she wasn't setting
the stage world on fire. She attempted films for the first time in 1922 Her
first film was The Little Napoleon (1923) which was followed by Love Tragedy
(1923). On this last project, she met Rudolf Sieber and married him in 1924.
The union lasted until his death in 1976 although they didn't live together
that whole time. The remainder of her early film career was generally filled
with bit roles that never amounted to a whole lot. After being seen in the
German production of The Blue Angel (1930) in 1930, Marlene was given a crack
at Hollywood. Her first US film was Morocco (1930) with Gary Cooper later
that year followed, by Dishonored (1931) in 1931. This latter movie had her
cast as a street walker who is appointed a spy. The film was a rather boring
affair but was a success because of Marlene's presence. Movie goers were
simply attracted to her. In 1932, Marlene filmed Shanghai Express (1932)
which proved to be immensely popular raking in $3 million. Once again, she
was cast as a prostitute. The next film was Blonde Venus (1932) which turned
out to be a horrible production. Her co-star was Cary Grant and once again
she was cast as a prostitute. Marlene seemed to be typecast as a woman of low
morals and she wanted different parts. Some films such as Desire (1936) in
1936 didn't do that but she wanted to expand. Her chance came in 1939 in
Destry Rides Again (1939) when she was cast as "Frenchy", a Western saloon
hostess. This began a new direction for Marlene since it shed the typecasting
which she was forced to endure during her career. All through the 1940s, she
appeared in well-produced, well-directed films such as Manpower (1942), The
Spoilers (1942), The Lady Is Willing (1942) and Pittsburgh (1942) all in
1942. Afterwards the roles came fewer, perhaps one to two films every year.
In 1945, Marlene didn't appear in any. She only made seven productions in the
1950's. Her last role of any substance was Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) in
1961. Despite the lack of theatrical roles, Marlene still made appearances on
the stage. However, by 1979, she was a shell of her former self. After
breaking her leg in one performance, she never made a go of it in show
business again. Spending the last 12 years of her life bed-ridden, Marlene
died on May 6, 1992 in Paris, France of natural causes at the age of 90.
(Text bt Denny Jackson via IMDB.com)



As Shanghai Lily, in Shanghai Express, 1932.



Marlene Dietrich in No Highway in the Sky (1951)



Marlene Dietrich in No Highway in the Sky (1951)



Marlene Dietrich in No Highway in the Sky (1951)



Marlene Dietrich in No Highway in the Sky (1951)



Marlene Dietrich in No Highway in the Sky (1951)



Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930)



Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart in Destry Rides Again (1939)



Marlene Dietrich in Desire (1936)



Marlene Dietrich in Desire (1936)



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich in Angel (1937)



Marlene Dietrich in Angel (1937)



Marlene Dietrich in Angel (1937)



Marlene Dietrich in Der blaue Engel (1930)



Marlene Dietrich in Rancho Notorious (1952)



Marlene Dietrich in Rancho Notorious (1952)



Marlene Dietrich, 1933



Marlene Dietrich in "The Devil is a Woman," 1935



Marlene Dietrich, 1930.



Marlene Dietrich, in "Morocco," 1930



Marlene Dietrich, in Shanghai Express, 1932.



Marlene Dietrich, 1955



Marlene Dietrich, 1955



Marlene Dietrich, 1955



Marlene Dietrich, 1955



Marlene Dietrich, 1950.



 Marlene Dietrich, 1930



Marlene Dietrich, in Shanghai Express, 1932.



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich 1940



Marlene Dietrich, 1936



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich, in Shanghai Express, 1932.



Marlene Dietrich 1948



On the SS Europa, 1933.



Marlene Dietrich, in "Morocco," 1930



Marlene Dietrich, In Seven Sinners, 1940.



 Marlene Dietrich, in Blue Angel, close-up, 1930.



Marlene Dietrich, in Seven Sinners, 1940.



Marlene Dietrich by Milton Greene, 1952.



Posing with her Jeep, 1944.



Marlene Dietrich by George Hurrell, 1937.



Marlene Dietrich, in Song of Songs, 1933



Marlene Dietrich 1934



Marlene Dietrich, 1947



Marlene Dietrich, 1945.



Marlene Dietrich, 1942



Marlene Dietrich, in "The Spoilers", 1942



Marlene Dietrich, in Seven Sinners, 1940.



Marlene Dietrich, in Seven Sinners, 1940.



Marlene Dietrich, in Seven Sinners, 1940.



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich



Marlene Dietrich, in Angel, 1937



Marlene Dietrich, in Angel, 1937



Marlene Dietrich, in Angel, 1937



Marlene Dietrich, in Angel, 1937



Marlene Dietrich, in Angel, 1937


















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