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Marlene Dietrich

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (, German: [maʁˈleːnə ˈdiːtʁɪç]; 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German-American actress and singer. Throughout her long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she continually reinvented herself.

In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international acclaim and a contract with Paramount Pictures. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Desire (1936). She successfully traded on her glamorous persona and "exotic" looks, and became one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war like Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Dietrich 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 the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and even advocating their U.S. 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 star of classic Hollywood cinema.

Birth and Death Data: Born December 27th, 1901 (Rote Insel), Died May 6th, 1992 (8th arrondissement of Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1966

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Gramophone BLR6034 10-in. 2/6/1930 Falling in love again Marlene Dietrich Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Gramophone Bh6036 10-in. 2/6/1930 Blonde women Marlene Dietrich Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Gramophone BLR6081 10-in. 2/19/1930 Naughty Lola Marlene Dietrich Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band vocalist  
Decca 73031 10-in. 9/7/1945 Lili Marlene Marlene Dietrich vocalist  
Decca 73032 10-in. 9/7/1945 Symphonie Marlene Dietrich vocalist  
Decca 74684 1/13/1949 Illusions Marlene Dietrich vocalist  
Decca 74685 1/13/1949 Black market Marlene Dietrich vocalist  
Decca 74700 1/21/1949 Illusions 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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Dietrich, Marlene," accessed March 7, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002.

Dietrich, Marlene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved March 7, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002.

"Dietrich, Marlene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 7 March 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002

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