Friday, April 4, 2014
D for Marlene Dietrich
BORN: December 27, 1901
DIED: May 6, 1992
AGED: 90 yrs-Old age-bedridden(she placed herself there no other reason really)
MARRIED: Once-poor guy
AFFAIRS: Holy Sex Queen Batman! She swung both ways-Joseph Von Sternberg, Maurice Chevalier, Mercedes D'Acosta(she got around), Jean Gabin, George S Patton, The U.S. Army, Edith Piaf, Yul Brenner etc...
Image was all! Famous for her legs and wearing pants! Controlling and narcissistic. John Gilbert, a famous silent film actor, actually died in her bed while they were...you know.... but to make sure there was no bad press, she called the studio who removed him from her bed and brought his body to his own place. She was a morale booster during WW2 and Hitler denounced her. She often played her musical saw for the troops. Major Cabaret chanteuse in the 1950's and 60's. Famous for her "nude" sparkly gowns. When she fell off the stage in the late 70's she went into hiding in her Paris apartment and would make calls to many people over the years. The last few years she decided not to leave her bed at all...ever! "Bring the jar of pee to the bathroom dearie" (shudder). Sad end to an amazing life really.
FILMS: The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express, Destry Rides Again, Witness for the Prosecution.
Excellent Bio written by her daughter Maria Riva