MARLENE
DIETRICH
Madeleine -- Jaime Baccari
Born: December 27th, 1901
Father: Louis Erich Otto Dietrich
Mother: Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine Felsing
Sister: Elisabeth
SCHOOL
Had a privileged childhood
Did not enjoy school
Had many out of school lessons
Loved languages and History, not math
Her favorite subject was
French
French teacher was taken away
and she was no longer allowed
to learn French.
“Each time I was punished for speaking
French (the language of our enemy) and had
to drop 10 pfennigs into the class till, this
donation was made in her name.”
Marlene was expelled from
summer classes for giving out
roses on Bastille Day.
“ Today is the fourteenth of July. I thought the roses would make
you happy.”
“Logic is the key to an all-inclusive spiritual well being.”
Marlene was sent to a boarding school in Weimar, Germany
Music student, played violin until she was injured.
After she stopped playing violin she decided to become an
actress.
ACTING SCHOOL
Attended Max Reinhardt
acting school in Berlin
Took on small acting
parts in theatre
Met her husband soon
after starting acting school.
They were married after
one year of engagement
Had daughter Maria on
December 13th, 1924
JOSEF VON STERNBERG
Director
Knew all aspects of making a
movie and passed them on to
Marlene.
“I didn’t discover Dietrich, I am a teacher, and
this beautiful woman came to that teacher’s
attention. He shaped her appearance, high-lighted
her charm, minimized her defects, and molded her
into an aphrodisiacal phenomenon.”
Films Made With Sternberg
The Blue Angel
Morocco
Blonde Venus
Scarlett Empress
Dishonored
Devil is a Woman
Shanghai Express
THE BLUE ANGEL
Made in both English and
German
Filmed in Berlin
She earned only $5,000 for
this movie.
“His proposal, with its underlying
assumption that I might fail at
something, shocked me. And I
hated failure of any kind. So it was
up to me to prove my worth, that I
could do it.”
The Blue Angel
Blonde Venus
Dishonored
Blonde Venus
Shanghai Express
Devil Is a Woman
Morocco
Scarlet Empress
Mae West was her greatest
influence
Loved cooking
“When you want to have a say in the matter,
you yourself must be able to carry out the
instruction you give to others.”
“Money means nothing to me when
feelings are involved.”
WWII
Became American citizen
Joined army
Was awarded medals
from both France and
America.
“There was an icy silence, which I finally broke: “Do
I rightly understand that you refuse to have Mr. von
Sternberg make a film in your country (I said: ‘your
country’) because he’s Jewish?” Suddenly they all
began to stir and to talk at the same time: “You are
infected by American propaganda. There is no antiSemitism in Germany…”
FRIENDS
“The moment you experience the blessing of a friendship
you have the sacred duty to obey its laws.”
After WWII Marlene thrived in her singing career
A documentary
was made in
1983.
Spent her last
20 years as
just a mother
and
grandmother.
Marlene Dietrich passed away May 6th, 1992.
WORKS CITED
Media:
Blonde Venus. Dir. Sternberg Josef Von. Perf. Marlene Dietrich. Paramount Publix Corp., 1932. DVD.
Marlene. Dir. Maximilian Schell. Perf. Marlene Dietrich. 1984.
The Blue Angel (1930) . Dir. Josef Von Sternberg. Perf. Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings. Universum
Film, 1930. DVD.
Morocco. Dir. Sternberg Josef Von. Perf. Marlene Dietrich and Gary
Videocassette.
Cooper. Paramount Pictures, 1930.
The Scarlet Empress. Dir. Josef Von Sternberg. Perf. Marlene Dietrich. Paramount Productions, 1934.
Videocassette.
Judgment at Nuremberg. Dir. Stanley Kramer. United Artists, 1961.
Destry Rides Again. Dir. George Marshall. Perf. Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Universal Pictures,
1939. DVD
WORKS CITED
Books:
Chandler, Charlotte. Marlene: Marlene Dietrich, a Personal Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Print.
Dietrich, Marlene. Marlene Dietrich's ABC. New York, NY: Ungar, 1984. Print.
Dietrich, Marlene. Marlene. Trans. Salvator Attanasio. New York: Grove, 1989. Print.
Naudet, Jean-Jaques, Maria Riva, and Werner Sudendorf. Marlene Dietrich: Photographs and Memories : from the
Marlene Dietrich Collection of the FilmMuseum Berlin. New York: A.A. Knopf, 2001. Print.
Spoto, Donald. Falling in Love Again, Marlene Dietrich. Boston: Little, Brown, 1985. Print.
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