Marlene Dietrich played the violin and piano. By the time she was in her mid-teens, Marlene had discovered the stage. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself. In 1920s Berlin, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel, brought her international fame. Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express and Desire capitalised on her glamour and exotic looks, she was one of the highest paid actresses of the era. 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. Once said that her favorite meal was hot dogs and champagne.
Marlene Dietrich, was best known for wearing men's tuxedoes, hats and tailored suits.
Dietrich's only child, Maria Elisabeth Sieber, was born in Berlin on 13 December 1924. She would become an actress, working in television, known as Maria Riva. When Maria gave birth to a son in 1948, Dietrich was dubbed "the world's most glamorous grandmother". After Dietrich's death, Riva published a biography of her mother, titled Marlene Dietrich (1992).
The only show-business friend she ever had was Mae West.
In 1929, Dietrich performed as Lola-Lola, a cabaret singer who causes the downfall of a schoolmaster, in UFA's production, The Blue Angel (1930). The film was directed by Josef von Sternberg, who took credit for having "discovered" Dietrich. The film is also best known for having introduced Dietrich's signature song "Falling in Love Again".
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