I'm MAD about Marlene!
Posted: Oct 29 2014
“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.”
Bold and brassy, Marlene Dietrich followed her own fashion style. Long before designers made it fashionable she wore men’s suits, military uniforms and men’s robes and silk pajamas.
Not just a style icon, Marlene Dietrich had self-confidence that all women can aspire to.
“’Glamour’”, she tells us, “is assurance. It is a kind of knowing that you are all right in every way, mentally and physically and in appearance, and that, whatever the occasion or the situation, you are equal to it.”
Born in 1901 in Schoenberg, Berlin, Marlene Dietrich started her career as a cabaret singer in Germany in the 1920s. And, later became a very popular movie star.
John Wayne called her “[t] he most intriguing woman I’ve ever known” and I’m pretty sure a lot of other Hollywood men thought so too. Even though she was only married once to Rudolph Siebel, (they always lived apart, not a bad idea in my book) her many love affairs are part of Hollywood lore. She was sultry, sexy and only 5 feet 4 inches tall!
Dietrich was very anti-Nazi and became a US citizen in 1939. In 1941, after the US entered World War II, Dietrich became one of the first American celebrities to raise War Bonds, and is said to have raised more than any other. Later, she recorded songs used by the OSS (predecessor to the CIA) to demoralize enemy soldiers. Dietrich was the only artist told that her recordings would be used as war propaganda.
Sadly, Marlene spent the last 12 years of her life bedridden and died in Paris on May 6, 1992. I can only hope that she was happily wearing a pair of her beloved men’s silk pajamas.
A gorgeous reproduction of Marlene Dietrich’s Diamond Emblem Brooch, from her personal collection, is now available from Maddy James. It's a little reminder from Marlene for every woman to know that she is all right, in every way.