Photo of Marlene Dietrich Marlene Dietrich

With a sexual ambiguity that only added to her allure, legendary screen siren Marlene Dietrich was for a time cinema's highest-paid actress. American audiences, however, never truly embraced her, and her movie career waxed and waned with the public's affection. But ever the performer, Dietrich was usually touring in her stage show when not making films.

Born Dec. 27, 1901, in Berlin, Dietrich was a popular German cabaret performer in the 1920s when she caught the eye of director Josef von Sternberg, who cast her in his 1930 film The Blue Angel. This led to a contract with Paramount and a role in Morocco, earning her an Oscar nomination and overnight stardom.

Other important films for Dietrich include Shanghai Express (1932), Destry Rides Again (with James Stewart), Fritz Lang's Rancho Notorious (1952) and Orson Welles's Touch of Evil (1958). She died May 6, 1992, at age 90.

Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

1957 NR

Based on an Agatha Christie play, this Oscar-nominated mystery directed and co-written by Billy Wilder concerns an esteemed and aging lawyer. On the eve of retiring, he takes on the defense of an alleged murderer accused of killing a wealthy widow.

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