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Marlene Dietrich, singer, actress, and an icon of note. She was a German born cabaret star.
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Marlene Dietrich was a German born cabaret singer who spent her adult life in the United States of America as a Hollywood star. She became an American citizen in 1937. She traveled the world exposing everyone to her unique voice and style. These tours included Africa and Europe, where she sang to the troops in World War II. She was not only a singer of note, but also, her acting skills made movies such as The Blue Angel in 1930 successful. Her acting skills were excellent as most of the movies were silent movies.
The start of her career, though, was as a cabaret singer and that is what she is known for the most. It helps if you are exquisitely beautiful too. It is worth listening to her music if you have never heard it before. This started in the 1920s in Germany. She was married to Rudolf Sieber until his death, but was known for the many affairs, especially with her movie co-stars. A notable affair was with Josef von Sternberg who saw here in Berlin in 1929. He was the one who would produce Marlene Dietrich's Hollywood movies, which led to her becoming the highest paid actress of her time. After seven movies together, they parted ways.
After the war, she left the cinematic scene, but continued her singing career in Las Vegas, Broadway, and Cafe de Paris in London. She yet again was successful, but this was clouded by her affair with alcohol, which led to her fracturing her leg. The outcome of this was that she ended up living as a hermit in her flat in Paris where she passed away after being bedridden for thirteen years. She was ninety at the time.
She passed away in 1992 in Paris, but long before then, she had been awarded the title of "de la Legion d'Honneur" by the French government. This is the highest order of France. President Mitterand and President Pompidoualso promoted her to "officer," which is the second degree of the "de la Legion d'Honneur."
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