Q. Whatever happened to Marlene Dietrich? - G.F.
A. Stats: Born Dec. 27, 1901, in Berlin as Maria Magdalene Dietrich. Attended schools and Max Reinhardt's theater school in Berlin. Married once, one daughter, actress Maria Riva.Early years: Dietrich made her stage bow in Berlin in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," then did small parts on stage and screen. In 1929, U.S. movie director Josef von Sternberg hired her for "The Blue Angel." It made her a star. She went to Hollywood in 1930 and made her bow in "Morocco." (Her association with von Sternberg led to an alienation of affection suit by his wife, who lost.) When she turned down an offer to return to German films, the Nazis banned her movies. Dietrich became a U.S. citizen in 1939. During World War II, she entertained U.S. troops, sold war bonds and did German language propaganda radio broacasts. She received the U.S. Medal of Freedom.
Famous for: Her mysterious glamour, her shapely legs, her throaty voice and her no-nonsense vision of herself as a "hausfrau" who liked to cook and spoil her grandchildren.
In recent years: Among her later films were "A Foreign Affair," "Witness for the Prosecution," "A Judgement at Nuremberg." When her movie career faded, she did nightclubs, concerts and a 1972 TV special. Her last film was 1978's "Just a Gigolo," in German. She lives in Paris.
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