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Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich


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Also Known As: Died: May 6, 1992
Born: December 27, 1901 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: Cast ...


"I have a child and I have made a few people happy. That is all." --Dietrich, assessing her life and career (quoted in "Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion", 9th edition)

British critic Kenneth Tynan described Dietrich's androgynous image as "sex without gender" (quoted in "The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles", 1984) He went on to say "She has the bearing of a man; the characters she plays love power and wear trousers. Marlene's masculinity appeals to women and her sexuality to men."

Hollywood producer Joe Pasternak urged Paramount to sign Dietrich because she had "the one essential ingredient of international stardom: millions of guys would want to make love to her." (quoted in "The Hollywood Reporter Star Profiles" 1984)

She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

She was awarded the Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor in 1950.

Promoted from Officer to Commander of the French Legion of Honor (January 1990).

"If she had nothing more than her voice she could break your heart with it. But she has that beautiful body and the timeless lovliness of her face. It makes no difference how she breaks your heart if she is there to mend it." --Ernest Hemingway

"I, personally, preferred the legend," --Marlene Dietrich on her screen persona.

"It doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, [I] make love with anyone [I] find attractive." --Marlene Dietrich.

"I'm a queen! I should stay up for a princess?" --comment allegedly made by Dietrich, declining an invitation to meet Britain's Princess Margaret.

"Her name, which begins with a caress, ends with the crack of a whip. Her beauty is the creator of her own hymn of fame." --Jean Cocteau.

"She was a total instrument, accepting my instructions with intelligence, and despite her own doubts, fulfilling my concept of the ultimate female. I dipped her in the melting pot of my imagination, took care that her picture matched my own, immersed her in light, until the chemistry was complete ... " --frequent director Josef von Sternberg.

"She is graciously condescending. She is the motive for all sacrifices and heroic deeds. The acting? She leaves that to her slaves. She never acts. She simply displays her gorgeous body." --Graham Greene.

"Miss Dietrich is a professional -- a professional actress, a professional wardrober and a professional lighting technician." --Alfred Hitchcock.

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