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
|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||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 July 24, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002.
Dietrich, Marlene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102002.
"Dietrich, Marlene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.
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