One of the First Bombshells: Marlene Dietrich’s Life Story

From Germany to America

The German-American actress and singer enjoyed a career that spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s. As you can imagine, that involves a lot of films, relationships, drama, and spotlights. The woman, to put it bluntly, has been around. In 1920s Berlin, Marlene was performing on the stage and in silent films. The role that landed her international fame and a contract with Paramount Pictures was Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel in 1930.


Marlene Dietrich. Photo by Historia / Shutterstock

Marlene eventually starred in many Hollywood films, like Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932), and Desire (1936). Her glamorous persona and exotic looks helped spring her up to becoming one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. During the Second World War, she was already a high-profile entertainer in America.

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