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Marlene Dietrich

(1901-1992), Actress

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in Berlin, Dietrich was one on the most successful and highly paid film actresses of the 1930s. In 1930 the director Josef von Sternberg cast her in The Blue Angel (1930), which launched both their Hollywood careers and through which her director created the Dietrich legend and myth. In 1939 Dietrich became an American citizen and during the Second World War entertained American troops helping to sell war bond and making anti-Nazi propaganda broadcasts in German. In 1948 when her daughter Maria gave birth Dietrich was heralded as the 'World's Most Glamorous Grandmother'. Dietrich is best remembered in her later years for her recording career as a singer and cabaret performer.

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Marlene Dietrich, by Iris Verlag - NPG x138252

Marlene Dietrich

by Iris Verlag
matte bromide postcard print, 1930s
NPG x138252

Marlene Dietrich, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x40082

Marlene Dietrich

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print, January 1932
NPG x40082

Marlene Dietrich, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127224

Marlene Dietrich

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127224

Marlene Dietrich, by Cornel Lucas - NPG x127257

Marlene Dietrich

by Cornel Lucas
bromide print, 1951
NPG x127257

Marlene Dietrich, by John Engstead - NPG x193453

Marlene Dietrich

by John Engstead
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 16 June 1954
NPG x193453

Marlene Dietrich; Bessie Braddock, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137616

Marlene Dietrich; Bessie Braddock

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 6 June 1955
NPG x137616

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D312

Diners at Denham Studios Restaurant

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour and pencil, published 1937
NPG D312

Marlene Dietrich, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D271

Marlene Dietrich

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour, published 1937
NPG D271

Marlene Dietrich, by Anthony Wysard - NPG D270

Marlene Dietrich

by Anthony Wysard
watercolour, published 1949
NPG D270


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