a young violinist, Marlene Dietrich's beauty distracted audiences.
She kicked her legs in rowdy Berlin cabarets until Josef von Sternberg
cast her as "Die Blaue Engel," becoming an international
star and Hollywood's premiere femme fatale. Dismayed by the Nazis,
she became an American citizen, joined the American army in WW-II
as Captain Dietrich, who sang atop tanks accompanied by the cannon's
roar. As a cabaret diva, she revealed her passion for peace, singing
"Where Have All the Flower's Gone? in a dozen languages including
Hebrew. She retired from the stage at age 80 to live as a recluse
in Paris, yet often called her daughter in America five times a
day to catch up and chat about her four grandchildren.
Marlene Dietrich lived both public and private lives. To the public she was a cool seductress, amused by her shattering effect on men. But to a few, she was a steadfast lifelong friend. To many she was a hedonistic woman of affairs. But to those who knew her, she was a lover of poetry and astute observer of life. To the world she was a glamorous star. But she was also a lover of freedom who recognized the Nazis as a tragedy for Germany, and helped many escape to America.
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