Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Legendary actress and performer born in Berlin, rose to fame in Berlin and Vienna, but rejected Nazi Germany and became a US citizen in 1939. Dietrich's support of the troops during World War II, including 2 USO tours throughout Europe, earned her the Medal of Freedom in 1947. A wrist injury ended Dietrich's original quest to be a concert violinist, so she became a chorus girl and vaudeville entertainer beginning in 1922. Dietrich's movie debut came as the maid in The Little Napoleon (1923), one of several smaller and supporting roles she played in Germany during the 1920s. Her stature on screen grew by the late twenties and The Blue Angel (1930), directed by Josef von Sternberg, made Dietrich an international film star. She went to Hollywood and signed with Paramount, where her association with director von Sternberg continued in Morocco (1930)—which brought Dietrich her only Academy Award nomination—Dishonored (1931), Shanghai Express (1932), Blonde Venus (1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), and The Devil Is a Woman (1935). Von Sternberg's direction helped create the Dietrich legend, his stylish lighting and photography displaying his subject to her best advantage. Dietrich debuted in color in The Garden of Allah (1936), and famously took on Una Merkel in a classic brawl in Destry Rides Again (1939). Other popular films featuring Dietrich include A Foreign Affair (1948), Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Touch of Evil (1958), and Judgment at Nuremberg (1961). I like her in Manpower (1941), where she comes between power company linemen Edward G. Robinson and George Raft. From the early 1950s until the mid-1970s Dietrich busied herself as a cabaret performer, entertaining audiences in major cities all over the world until a fall from a stage in Sydney, Australia put her into retirement in 1975. Dietrich appeared in one film after her fall before retiring to her Paris apartment for the remainder of her life.
Birthday: December 27