Dietrich, Marlene, 1901-1992

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Marlene Dietrich (b. December 27, 1901, Berlin, Germany–d. May 6, 1992, Paris, France) was a German actress and singer. Throughout her long career, spanning from the 1910s to the 1980s, she maintained popularity by continually reinventing herself.

In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Desire (1936). Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer.

Dietrich was noted for her humanitarian efforts during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their US citizenship.

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referencedIn Marlene Dietrich collection, [ca. 1941-ongoing]. Museum of Performance & Design
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correspondedWith Zorina, Vera. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Berlin 16 DE
Paris A8 FR
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Singers
Actors
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Person

Birth 1901-12-27

Death 1992-05-06

Germans,

Americans

German,

English

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