There were numerous things to remember Marlene Dietrich by: a legendary female star of classic cinema, an actress whose glamorous persona and exotic looks, an active humanitarian during World War II, a celebrity who openly defies sexual norms, an icon to fashion designers and screen stars. She constantly reinvented herself all through her long career, which spanned for more than 60 years. From the early 1950s until her accident in 1975, she worked almost solely as a cabaret artist, performing live in theatres in major cities throughout the world. Dietrich’s remarkable phenomenon in concert drew critical appraisals.
Below are 21 stunning vintage photographs capture the icon performing on stage, from the 1940s to mid-1970s:
Marlene Dietrich sings her provocative ‘See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have’ at the opening night of the new Stage Door Canteen in Paris, 1945. Photo by Photo12/UIG.
Marlene Dietrich on stage in Las Vegas in a beaded evening gown, 1953. Photo by Silver Screen Collection.
Marlene Dietrich on the stage of the London Palladium as she rehearses for ‘Night of 100 stars’, the day before the show held in aid of the Actors’ Orphanage, July 1954. Photo by PA Images.
Marlene Dietrich at the April in Paris Hall held at the Waldorf Astoria Grand Ballroom, New York, 1950s. Photo by Bettmann.
Recital of Marlene Dietrich in Monaco at sporting club with Jean Marais, 1950s. Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho.