Marlene Dietrich, who lived from December 27, 1901 to May 6, 1992, was a German actress who was one of the first stars of Hollywood. She received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1930 movie Morocco. On a side note, she also received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Witness for the Prosecution.
Here are 10 interesting facts about the legendary actress:
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The first interesting fact is that she was given the U.S. War Department’s Medal of Freedom in 1947. She was given the medal because she helped entertain American troops in World War II and because she spoke out against Nazism.
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Empire magazine recognized her as one of the most attractive stars in the history of movies. In fact, she was named the 60th sexiest star.
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Dietrich once commented on what makes a woman “complete.” In her words, “To be completely a woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it’s no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long.”
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She always worked with a mirror because she wanted to make sure that her makeup and hair were perfect for her work in movies.
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One fact that some people do not know about her is that she suffered from bacilophobia, which is the fear of germs.
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She also commented once on how much she respected the writer Ernest Hemingway. She stated, “Ernest Hemingway is the most positive life force I have ever encountered. I hate anything negative, and I hate waste. In Hemingway, nothing is wasted.”
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The talented actress became a citizen of the United States on March 6, 1937.
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It should be noted that she was the first German actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.
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Another interesting fact is that she enjoyed reading quotations. In her words, “I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself.”
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On a final note, she took pride in the fact that she slept with three members of the Kennedy family. The three members were Joseph P. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., and John F. Kennedy.
Caryn James, “The Dietrich Mystique,” The New York Times.
“Marlene Dietrich,” Marlene.com.
“Marlene Dietrich Biography,” Biography.com.