Marlene Dietrich The Femme Fatale of Berlin
Marlene Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. She began her film career through stage performances and silent films in Berlin. With her glamorous and exotic look, she was a queen in Hollywood. Through the performance in ‘the blue angel’, she became an international star. During Second World War, she performed as an entertainer. In 1939, she received U.S. citizenship and began to perform in several Hollywood movies. From 1950 to 1970, she toured around the globe and made many stage performances.
She was born in Berlin on December 27, 1901. Marlene studied at ‘Auguste – Viktoria girls school’ from 1907 to 1917. After that, she took graduation from ‘Viktoria – Suisen – Schule’. She was interested in violin, theatre arts and poetry. During early time, she worked as a chorus girl and toured with many popular bands in Germany. She appeared in minor roles in several stage dramas at that time. Her debut film was ‘so sind die Manner’, released in 1922.
In 1929, Marlene starred in the film ‘the blue angel’, which gave a breakthrough in her career. This film is important for Marlene in another way as she made her first signature song in it. After this film, Paramount Pictures signed a contract with her to perform in their films. Between 1930 and 1935, she appeared in six films for Paramount. These films helped her to develop an image of ‘femme fatale’. ‘Morocco’ was her first movie casted with American cooperation.
She received huge payment for performing in ‘the garden of Allah’ in 1936 and ‘knight without armor’ in 1937. Thus, she became the most highly paid actress in Hollywood. After the Second World War, she performed in so many movies that everyone were stuck with her beauty and talent. At the age of 90, Marlene Dietrich passed away in Paris. ‘American Film Institute’ named her as one of the ‘greatest female star of all time’.