Marlene Dietrich


Marlene Dietrich Trivia


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    • Marlene almost never wore bathing suits and also she hated swimming.

    • Marlene authored 3 books:

      Marlene Dietrich's ABC (1962)
      Marlene (1989)
      Some Facts About Myself (1990)

    • Marlene's portrait was featured on a stamp issued in Germany on August 14, 1997.

    • Marlene was named the 9th Greatest Female Actress in a list of 50 by the American Film Institute, ahead of Joan Crawford and behind Judy Garland, on June 16, 1999.

    • Marlene became a United States citizen on March 6, 1937.

    • Marlene was very afraid of germs, a condition known as bacilophobia.

    • Marlene was nominated only once for an Academy award, for her performance in Morocco (1930) as Best Actress in a Leading Role.

    • Marlene's 1930 film "Morocco" was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1992 as a historically significant film.

    • Marlene was one of the stars featured on the cover of the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.

    • Marlene was 5 feet 6 inches tall.

    • Marlene appeared in a magazine advertisement for Lucky Strikes cigarettes in 1950.

    • Marlene had a very long affair with Burt Bachrach during the sixties and was devastated when he left her for Angie Dickinson.

    • Marlene became an American citizen on March 6, 1937.

    • Her film, "Der Blaue Engel" (The Blue Angel) was the first German sound film.

    • Marlene's nickname from Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s was "Dushka".

    • Filmmaker Josef von Sternberg had a long affair with his protege Marlene, and was asked if he intended to wed her, he said that, he would rather share a telephone booth with a frightened cobra.

    • Marlene Dietrich had an affair with John Gilbert after the collapse of his marriage to Virginia Bruce. At his funeral, Marlene became hysterical and collapsed dramatically on the coffin in a dead faint.

    • Marlene has a Star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" at 6400 Hollywood Blvd.

    • On April 18, 2002, Berlin legislature bestowed an honor on Dietrich as "an ambassador for a democratic, freedom-loving and humane Germany." The declaration hoped this "would symbolize the city of Berlin's reconciliation with her."

    • During the Hollywood Canteen, Marlene along with several other actresses entertained the soldiers. When the party was over Marlene went to wash the dishes, Hedy Lamarr joined her in the clean up, and Bette Davis remarked, "Get those two Krauts out of the kitchen!".

    • Best friends with Rosemary Clooney and Hildegard Kneff.

    • Marlene Dietrich was discovered by famed director Josef von Sternberg, who directed Dietrich in The Blue Angel as well as the following films, Morocco, Dishonored, Shanghai Express, The Scarlet Empress, The Devil Is a Woman, Sergeant Madden, and The Shanghai Gesture.

    • Marlene's height is 5'6" (1.68m.)

    • Marlene's father was Lt. Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, who died when he fell off a horse, she was ten years old at the time. Her mother remarried to Colonel Eduard von Losch, who was killed in WWI.

    • She received the U.S. War Department's 'Medal of Freedom', in 1947, for entertaining American troops in WWII and her strong stand against Nazi and The Third Reich.

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