Marlene Dietrich was not a traditional beauty. She had a naturally dramatic face with razor-sharp cheekbones, eternally sleepy eyelids, and a penetrating, sometimes discomfiting gaze. Nor was Dietrich a traditionally good singer; her voice was more husky and baritone than those of similar figures like Judy Garland.
Despite all this, Dietrich was a star. She ruled the stage and screen for over five decades with her distinctive personality and affinity for playing bold, empowered characters. Every one of Dietrich's performances – from Lola Lola in The Blue Angel to the Baroness in Just a Gigolo – drips with her signature style: beguiling, biting, and sexually provocative.
While cultivating a carefully thought-out public persona, Dietrich was privately one of the most progressive actresses in the business, a true old Hollywood rebel.
Dietrich Participated In One Of Film's First Lesbian Kiss Scenes
She Was Openly Bisexual
Dietrich Embraced Sex-Positivity Despite The Subject Being Taboo
She Was Aware Of Hitler's Evil Early On And Plotted To Kill Him
In Her 70s, Dietrich Called World Leaders To Chew Them Out
She's Rumored To Have Shared Her Bed With Some Famous Names