Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich

Highest Rated: 100% Desire (1936)

Lowest Rated: 36% The Garden of Allah (1936)

Birthday: Dec 27, 1901

Birthplace: Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany

Arguably one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen, actress Marlene Dietrich utilized her cat-shaped eyes, high cheekbones, and halo of blonde curls to capture the imagination of fans both male and female. At once alluring and sexy, Dietrich projected a forward-thinking androgyny by casting off societal mores and sometimes dressing as man, wearing trousers, vests and ties. She received her start in her native Germany working as a chorus girl and later performer in silent films, where she caught the attention of director Josef von Sternberg. It was von Sternberg who introduced Dietrich to America in "Morocco" (1930), a bold debut that featured the actress dressed in a man's tuxedo and kissing another woman. She went on to star in a number of hit movies with von Sternberg, including "Shanghai Express" (1932) and "The Scarlett Empress" (1934), before the two broke off their professional and personal relationship. She also became actively involved in selling war bonds and performing for the troops during World War II. Dietrich's film career wound down in the 1950s following noted performances in "Witness for the Prosecution" (1957), "Touch of Evil" (1958) and "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961). During this time, she found second life as a stage performer who sold out houses the world over. But a series of injuries suffered in the mid-1970s forced her retirement. Though she remained in seclusion for the rest of her days, Dietrich left behind a legacy as an alluring screen goddess whose sensual, yet mysterious persona embodied the true definition of movie star.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet That's Action! Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 85% Obyknovennyy fashizm (Triumph Over Violence) Unknown (Character) - 1968
50% 66% Paris When It Sizzles Herself (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Fox Narrator - 1962
91% 93% Judgment at Nuremberg Mrs. Bertholt (Character) - 1961
95% 92% Touch of Evil Tanya (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 29% The Monte Carlo Story Maria de Crevecoeur (Character) - 1957
100% 95% Witness for the Prosecution Christine Helm Vole (Character) - 1957
69% 57% Around the World in 80 Days Saloon Hostess (Character) - 1956
100% 69% Rancho Notorious Altar Keane (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 66% No Highway in the Sky Monica Teasdale (Character) - 1951
90% 68% Stage Fright Charlotte Inwood (Character) - 1950
100% 78% A Foreign Affair Erika von Schlütow (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 39% Golden Earrings Lydia (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Room Upstairs Blanche Ferrand (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Boys Marlene Dietrich (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 38% Kismet Jamilla (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 50% The Spoilers Cherry Malotte (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 48% Pittsburgh Josie "Hunky" Winters (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 68% The Lady Is Willing Elizabeth "Liza" Madden (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 71% Manpower Fay Duval (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 54% The Flame of New Orleans Countess Claire Ledoux (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 43% Seven Sinners Bijou Blanche (Character) - 1940
96% 82% Destry Rides Again Frenchy (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 53% Knight Without Armor Countess Alexandra Vladinoff (Character) - 1937
80% 64% Angel Maria `'Angel'` Barker (Character) - 1937
100% 76% Desire Madeleine de Beaupre (Character) - 1936
36% 39% The Garden of Allah Domini Enfilden (Character) - 1936
64% 69% The Devil Is a Woman Concha Perez (Character) - 1935
89% 85% The Scarlet Empress Princess Sophia Frederica/Catherine II (Character) - 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet Song of Songs Lily Czepanek (Character) - 1933
61% 71% Blonde Venus Helen Faraday, aka Helen Jones (Character) - 1932
94% 78% Shanghai Express Shanghai Lily (Character) - 1932
89% 75% Dishonored Marie Kolverer/X27 (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Angel Lola Lola (Character) - 1930
86% 71% Morocco Mademoiselle Amy Jolly (Character) - 1930
96% 86% The Blue Angel Lola Lola (Character) - 1930
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Kiss Your Hand, Madame Laurence Gerard/Lucille (U.S. prints) (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ship of Lost Men Ethel Marley (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Loves Stascha (Character) - 1929
No Score Yet No Score Yet Café Elektric Erni Göttlinger - ein flatterhaftes Mädchen (Character) - 1927

QUOTES FROM Marlene Dietrich CHARACTERS

Mme. Bertholt says: I wish you understood German. The words are very beautiful. Very sad. Much sadder than the English words.

Mme. Bertholt says: My husband was a military man all his life. He was entitled to a soldier's death. He asked for that. I tried to get that for him, just that, that he would die with some honor. I went from official to official. I begged for that. That he be permitted the dignity of a firing squad. You know what happened? He was hanged with the others... and after that, I knew what it was to hate. I never left the house, I never left the room. I drank. I hated with every fiber of my being. I hated every American I had ever known.

Mme. Bertholt says: You see, I have a mission with the Americans, as Mr. Perkins can tell you.

Judge Dan Haywood says: What is that?

Mme. Bertholt says: To convince you that we're not all monsters.

Mme. Bertholt says: We must forget if we want to go on living.

Mme. Bertholt says: Listen to me... there are things that happened on both sides. My husband was a military man, had been all his life. He was entitled to a soldier's death; he asked for that. I tried to get that for him, just that and he would die with some honor. I went from official to offical. I begged for that, I begged for that, that he should be permitted the dignity of a firing squad. You know what happened. He was hanged with the others, and after that, I knew what it was to hate. I never left the house. I never left the room. I drank. I hated with every fiber of my being, I hated every American I'd ever known. But one can't live with hate. I know that. We have to forget. We have to go on living.

Erika von Schluetow says: What silly shrews American women are.

Tanya says: He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?

Shanghai Lily says: It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.