Do not be so bloody vulnerable. To hell with God damned “L’Amour.” It always causes far more trouble than it is worth. Don’t run after it. Don’t court it. Keep it waiting off stage until you’re good and ready for it and even then treat it with the suspicious disdain that it deserves […] I am sick to death of you waiting about in empty houses and apartments with your ears strained for the telephone to ring. Snap out of it, girl! [Living] does not consist of staring in at other people’s windows and waiting for crumbs to be thrown to you. You’ve carried on this hole in corner, overcharged, romantic, unrealistic nonsense long enough…”

-Noël Coward, in a letter to Marlene Dietrich, c. 1956.

Actress Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992), in Morocco, 1930. 


The magnificent Marlene Dietrich in Morocco  (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)

Marlene Dietrich in a promotional still for Morocco, 1930.

Marlene Dietrich with her husband, Rudolf Sieber, at a train station in Paris. Both arrived from Hollywood, May 20th, 1930

“Even bedridden, she was the most beautiful old lady I’d ever seen. There she was with no makeup but still beautiful skin, big blue eyes and little hands fluttering like small birds in the air. She smelled beautiful too, like roses.” - Sacha Briquet


Blonde Venus - Cary Grant / Marlene Dietrich. 


Marlene Dietrich and her daughter Maria Riva in a photo taken by director Josef von Sternberg, 1930.

Shanghai Express, 1932.


Marlene Dietrich presents an Honorary Foreign Language Film Award to France/Italy and the Walls of Malapaga, voted by the Board of Governors as the most outstanding foreign language film released in the United States in 1950.

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