Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (, German: [maʁˈleːnə ˈdiːtʁɪç] (listen); 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German and American actress and singer whose career spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s.
In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich performed on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in Josef von Sternberg's The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international acclaim and a contract with Paramount Pictures. She starred in many Hollywood films, including six iconic roles directed by Sternberg: Morocco (1930) (her only Academy Award nomination), Dishonored (1931), Shanghai Express and Blonde Venus (both 1932), The Scarlet Empress (1934), The Devil Is a Woman (1935), Desire (1936), and Destry Rides Again (1939). She successfully traded on her glamorous persona and exotic looks, and became one of the era's highest-paid actresses. Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she delivered notable performances in several post-war films, including Billy Wilder's A Foreign Affair (1948), Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright (1950), Billy Wilder's Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Orson Welles's Touch of Evil (1958), and Stanley Kramer's Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), she spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer.
Dietrich was known for her humanitarian efforts during World War II, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their American citizenship. For her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war, she received several honors from the United States, France, Belgium, and Israel. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female screen legend of classic Hollywood cinema.
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Gramophone||0D250||10-in.||3/12/1931||Leben ohne Liebe kannst du nicht||Marlene Dietrich ; Mischa Spoliansky||Female vocal solo, with piano||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6034||10-in.||2/6/1930||Falling in love again||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6035||10-in.||2/6/1930||Nimm dich in Acht vor blonden Frauen||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6036||10-in.||2/6/1930||Blonde women||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6078||10-in.||2/19/1930||Ich bin die fesche Lola||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6079||10-in.||2/19/1930||Naughty Lola||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6080||10-in.||2/19/1930||Kinder, heut’ Abend such' ich mir was aus||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6081||10-in.||2/19/1930||This evening children||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Gramophone||BLR6129||10-in.||3/3/1930||Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt||Marlene Dietrich ; Frederick Hollander||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||vocalist|
|Decca||73031||10-in.||9/7/1945||Lili Marlene||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||74685||1/13/1949||Black market||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||74701||1/21/1949||Black market||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||118264||11/25/1966||This world of ours||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||118265||11/25/1966||Candles glowing||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1882||10-in.||12/11/1939||I've been in love before||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1883||10-in.||12/11/1939||You've got that look (That leaves me)||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1884||10-in.||12/11/1939||Falling in love again||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1911||10-in.||12/19/1939||The boys in the back room||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1912||10-in.||12/15/1939||You go to my head||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1913||10-in.||12/19/1939||You do something to me||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3927||10-in.||8/21/1945||Lili Marlene||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
|Decca||L 3928||10-in.||8/21/1945||Symphonie||Marlene Dietrich||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dietrich, Marlene," accessed December 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002.
Dietrich, Marlene. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002.
"Dietrich, Marlene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 December 2023.
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