orig. Maria Magdalene Dietrich
(born Dec. 27, 1901, Berlin, Ger.—died May 6, 1992, Paris, France) German-U.S. film actress and singer. After joining Max Reinhardt
's theatre company in 1922, she appeared in German films and became an international star as the destructive cabaret singer Lola-Lola in Josef von Sternberg
's The Blue Angel
(1930). Sternberg took her to Hollywood, where they made many films together, including Morocco
(1930), Shanghai Express
(1932), and The Scarlet Empress
(1934), which established her aura of glamorous sophistication and languid sensuality. During World War II she made over 500 appearances before Allied troops. She also starred in films such as Destry Rides Again
(1939), A Foreign Affair
(1948), Witness for the Prosecution
(1957), and Touch of Evil
(1958). She toured widely as a nightclub performer into the 1960s, singing trademark songs such as “Falling in Love Again.”
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