More About Marlene…

I TALKED A LOT WITH MARLENE DIETRICH

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We recently wrote about Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 film, Blue Angel, which we urged you to see. So interesting!

And today I’m telling you about Marlene, whom I got to know quite well during the filming of JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, a manuscript I found and became one of its film producers.

During the course of the 12 weeks shooting of the film in Hollywood I spent every morning with Marlene in her dressing room talking and wiling/ away the hours waiting for her to be called.

And this is what is so surprising: Marlene’s thinking was totally antithetical to her glamorous image.

If you watch Blue Angel, you will see the real Marlene. She wanted no part of glamour. You see her as a down to earth regular woman, spending no time on makeup, dresses, and other fashion activities. I would say she wanted to be respected for her thoughts and actions.

So…when she was chosen out of hundreds of actresses to go to Hollywood and star in Morocco with Gary Cooper (1930), she had no idea she would turn into one of the two most glamorous stars ever seen on screen – the other being Greta Garbo.

It’s so ironic that the most sexy and gorgeous star was totally against her image. As we spent many mornings in her dressing room she wanted to talk about regular things, average happenings in the newspaper, or, indeed, the difficulties of the human race.

She was very interested in helping the poor, and spent much time writing letters and working to help people she knew, or who wrote to her about their problems

If aspects of her film persona came up, she would ridicule her costume requirements. And yet she was a total expert. She chose or created every aspect of her inimitable attire. She created Marlene Dietrich, The Glamor Queen of All Time.

Marlene Dietrich was a wonderful, lovely, caring person, and a great actress, but never wanting to be what the Hollywood image makers had decried for her.

Philip Langner

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