Marlene Dietrich


Interview: How Gloria Swanson and Marlene Dietrich, Not Dolly Parton, Inspired the Follies Poster

In the late 1960s, artist David Edward Byrd was designing rock posters for shows at the newly opened music venue the Fillmore East. After creating concert posters for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, and the Rolling Stones (not to mention, the Who's Tommy and Woodstock), he came upon an assignment that would introduce him to the world of Broadway. Byrd submitted designs for the poster for the new Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical Follies, and while it took a couple of passes, the art he created has gone down in theatrical history. With the show marking its 50th anniversary on April 4 (which happens to be Byrd's 80th birthday), Byrd tells us how it came to be.
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Marlene Dietrich Rejected Nazi Requests to Star In German Propaganda Films

Many celebrities become involved in the pressing social needs of their time, and German-American actor Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich was no different. First rising to prominence in the early 1900s, Dietrich immigrated to the United States and went on to star in numerous Hollywood films, including notable post-war films like Alfred Hitchcock’s 1950 classic, Stage Fright. But it wasn’t just Hollywood film directors who were knocking on Dietrich’s door. The German Nazis also came calling, and Dietrich had strong thoughts about what they wanted from her.
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Marlene Dietrich at Universal 1940-1942 Blu-ray Review

A film star is a creation of light and shadow, of film grain and of production and costume design, and Marlene Dietrich understood this more than most. Born in 1901, Marie Magdalene Dietrich began her career on stage and moved into film in the silent era in Germany. Sound gave her a further weapon in her armoury, not least her contralto singing voice and her German accent, which stood out in the English-language films she made for most of the career. She became a star with her first talkie, The Blue Angel, and it brought her director Josef von Sternberg into prominence. She followed von Sternberg to Hollywood, and they made six more films together there, forming one of the great director/actress collaborations in cinema. It was a close partnership, and almost exclusive, with Dietrich making just one film for another director before she and von Sternberg parted ways.

A Look at Marlene Dietrich and Her Trailblazing Modern Style

Marie Magdalene “Marlene” Dietrich was born in 1901 in Berlin, Germany. Her father was a military officer who passed when Dietrich was young, and her and her sister were first tutored at home in ballet, violin, and piano. This musical education inspired the young Dietrich to work towards being a violinist, but a wrist injury in her teenage years kept her from pursuing that path—much to the film industry's benefit. Dietrich began acting in small roles, and eventually landed a part in The Blue Angel, which capitulated her to Hollywood. Among her most notable films, especially during the 1930's and 40's, were Shanghai Express, I Love a Soldier, and Manpower.