"Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich" was a German-American actress and singer.

Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically. In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Der blaue Engel#Cast/Lola-Lola in Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel (1930 in film/1930), directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and garnered her a contract with Paramount Pictures, landing her roles in U.S. Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express (Film)/Shanghai Express (1932 in film/1932) and Desire (1936 film)/Desire (1936 in film/1936). She capitalized on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Dietrich became a U.S. citizen in 1939, and throughout World War II she was a high-profile frontline entertainer. Although she still made occasional films in the post-war years, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a successful show performer.

In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth-AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars/greatest female star of all time.

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