Actress Marlene Dietrich from the classic 20s was bisexual. Most people who are into classic noir movies or just plain love the black and white era, have questioned Marlene Dietrich’s sexuality, and Wikipedia.com has also mentioned it. So is Dietrich bisexual as everyone claims she is?
116 years ago today, German-American actress Marlene Dietrich was born. With her came a unique glamorous style to film and theater. She kept her personal life well-hidden, but Marlene Dietrich was openly bisexual. Read on for more about the late actress.
Marlene Dietrich was born on December 27, 1901, in what is now Berlin, Germany. Though the country was at war when she was a teenager, she still attended school where she became passionate about poetry and theater. Her big break came as cabaret singer Lola Lola in the 1930 film, The Blue Angel.
By then, she was in America and signed a contract with Paramount Picture. Director Joseph Von Sternberg was a name to watch out for in Hollywood at the time, and he welcomed Dietrich with the classiest gift; a green Rolls-Royce Phantom III. In her very long, 80-year career, Dietrich was a trailblazing femme fatale.
Her boldness applied to all aspects of her life. It was reported that she would go to drag balls in Berlin, and was there throughout the growing LGBTQ scene.
While many wanted her to be poised and proper, Dietrich had her own ambitions. She was a boxer at Turkish trainer Sabri Mahir’s studio. “I don’t know how the feminine element sneaked into those masculine realms [the boxing studio], but in any case, only three or four of us were tough enough to go through with it,” Austrian writer Hedwig Baum wrote about her.
"Wenn ich mein Leben noch einmal leben könnte, würde ich die gleichen Fehler machen. Aber ein bisschen früher, damit ich mehr davon habe." Happy Birthday, Marie Magdalene ? #december #27th #1901 #may #6th #1992 #marlenedietrich #classic #movie #goldenaera #iconic #actress #inspiring #personalities #derblaueengel #shanghaiexpress #dergrossebluff #zeuginderanklage #blondevenus #derteufelisteinefrau #dierotelola #theblueangel #morocco #desire #thedevilisawoman
Her out-of-the-box thinking made her popular, and as she hated gender defining roles, Dietrich was known for her androgynous roles, and fashion sense. At 21, she married Rudolf Sieber, an assistant director, with whom she had a daughter, Maria Riva.
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Sieber reportedly knew of his wife’s affairs with both sexes. Dietrich met with group of lesbian and bisexual Hollywood women whom she referred to as her “Sewing Circle.” It was later speculated that her friendship with these women were sometimes more than platonic, and that she called her male partners her “alumni association.” The actress proudly defied gender roles, and is a true LGBTQ icon.
#BornToday Marlene Dietrich (here wearing Christian Dior backstage with Alfred Hitchcock and Jane Wyman while filming "Stage fright", 1950) The actress met the French couturier Christian Dior (that was, among other things, his house neighbour in Avenue Montaigne) through a common friend (Jean Cocteau) who invited her to participate in his first fashion show on 12th February 1947. Marlene Dietrich fell immediately in love with the “New Look” so that purchased many of them and became probably the Maison first testimonial. When Alfred Hitchcok asked her to be in the 1950 movie “Stage fright” the actress imposed Christian Dior as her wardrobe designer or “No Dior, no Dietrich”. #marlenedietrich #cinema #icon #timeless #alfredhitchcock #historyofcinema #ChristianDior #nodiornodietrich #couture #fashionhistory #TheDarksidedFashionista #followme