Silver Screen Stars

Silver Screen Stars

Marlene Dietrich
Season 2  |  Episode 10  |  Smooth/Arts  |  March 26, 2018

Marlene Dietrich was an iconic German-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 1939, 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. Dietrich classic roles were in Witness for the Prosecution, Destry Rides Again, Stage fright (Hitchcock) Foreign Affair, Judgement at Nuremberg, Touch of Evil (with Orson Welles) In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of all time.

Marlene Dietrich was an iconic German-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 1939, 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. Dietrich classic roles were in Witness for the Prosecution, Destry Rides Again, Stage fright (Hitchcock) Foreign Affair, Judgement at Nuremberg, Touch of Evil (with Orson Welles) In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-greatest female star of all time.

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