This photo was from a shoot for her 1965 BOAC AIRLINE ad
THE WICKED QUEEN MARLENE DIETRICH full version of my 1996 artwork
Marlene and Gary Cooper from DESIRE
rare shot of Marlene in the late 30's at the train station in full travelling attire
Marlene was always camera ready, even posing while lighting a cigarette
A rare shot from Billy Wilder's A FOREIGN AFFAIR
Marlene as Ringmaster at Madison Square Garden 1950's
Marlene as Ringmaster: with John Ringling North & Gloria Vanderbilt
In the 50's Marlene wowed Las Vegas
Here her Jean Louis gown looked see-through, then more sequins were added
Marlene's Ringmaster outfit was certainly tailored to show off her best assets
Marlene... late 50's at the time of The Monte Carlo Story, with handsome escort half her age
The famous legs (late 40's) alternate shot.
With the Beatles at the Royal Variety Performance, who were just as excited to meet her, especially John Lennon
After a show, ever youthful Marlene passed out autographed postcards sitting atop her waiting car
Marlene's glorious worldwide concert career lasted from the mid 50's to mid 70's
In the 50's, when marlene began her Las Vegas shows at the Sahara, she wowed audiences in her so called see-through transparent Jean Louis gowns. After opening night, she told the press she added more sequins for modesty's sake. But in reality, she wore a cleverly constructed skin coloured foundation garment, that she stepped into, that gave her the girlish figure and the illusion of nudity. But time stands still for no mortal, and Marlene, the greatest of all the Love Goddesses, needed all the help she could get, if her second career as a cabaret and concert performer was to last. In order to look much younger than her actual mid 50's, Marlene resorted to wearing metal clamps under her wigs at the back of her neck, to pull any excess skin tight. To create the strong jawline, a fine gold chain was worn tight
up against her throat and up under her jaw.
After returning from 4 long years in the trenches tirelessly entertaining the troops, she felt she looked tired at 45. She wanted to look youthful in the upcoming color film Kismet, where she would paint her famous legs gold.
So she and her hairdresser Sydney Guilaroff (MGM head hair department 1934-late 70's) developed this very secret instant facelift method by combing her own hair under her wigs into tight plaits ..... pulling them tighter and tighter, and her skin tauter and tauter...and then anchoring the plaits into a tight knot until her scalp bled. So in Kismet this gave her eyes that 'oriental dreams' look, and made her face look years younger. The results were so spectacular she used this method for the rest of her life, harrowing as it was, as well as the occasional real dabble with cosmetic surgery of course. Over the years rumours spread that she went to Switzerland for secret lamb intestine injections, but the reality was more painful and more demanding. Marlene had many other beauty tricks, from her expert knowledge of lighting, and her amber light spots, to her makeup artistry. After her death, in one of her Paris lofts, a makeup kit was found. There were the match sticks she would use to kohl her eyes, and the fine gold dust she would shower her hair. Marlene always had luminous misty eyes, and her eyebrows changed shape every few years. They were highest at their peak in The Devil is A Woman, her last film with Josef Von Sternerg in 1935. And that was her favorite film, because she never looked more beautiful. Marlene early in her career often had a mirror brought to the set, where she would sit and do her makeup for the coming scene. She would sit under a light placed high above her head, giving her the famous Von Sternberg shadowing under her nose jaw and cheekbones. She would then use a darker shade of foundation powdering in the shadowed areas, she developed known as facial contouring. These layers would lighten to the main areas of the face not cast in shadow. The tops of her cheekbones and middle of her eyelids would be highlighted, and she would also draw a white line along her bottom eyelids, and down the middle of her nose. This would be smudged, and then a darker shade along the sides of her nose added to make it appear more narrow. This facial contouring method is still widely used today, but Marlene pioneered it. She was ahead of her time, and a perfectionist. Every detail was dealt with. And each decade she updated her look to flatter her features, and make her appear always current and fashionable. Keeping the Dietrich myth alive and forever youthful was an ongoing job that just got harder and harder. No one in the history of cinema remained as youthful and glamorous, and for as many decades as did Marlene Dietrich. The woman continues to fascinate to this day with the release of most her films to DVD and more books about her every year. Today she has become a cult icon, a legend, and a star we will never forget.
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CAMP MOVIE STAR QUOTES
"I love playing bitches. There`s a lot of bitch in every woman - a lot in every man." Joan Crawford
"Of all the actresses ... to me, only Faye Dunaway has the talent and the class and the courage it takes to make a real star." Joan Crawford
“Where's the little boy's room?” Joan Crawford
"I think that the most important thing a woman can have - next to talent, of course - is her hairdresser." Joan Crawford
"I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door." Joan Crawford
"I have always known what I wanted, and that was beauty... in every form." Joan Crawford
"I am just too much." Joan Crawford
Favorite Quotes from films or the famous.
"Oh I'm bored. And I've only just gotten up." Capucine. Walk on the Wild Side. (1962)
"She doesn't have many friends you know. Her personality I suppose." Joan Crawford in Queen Bee.
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois. A Streetcar Named Desire. (1951)
"When my mouth is moving it means that you need to be quiet. And Sir- don't you see my mouth still moving!" Judge Judy to hapless defendant.
"Keep, drinking honey. I like you better drunk than sober." Burgess Meredith to Lana Turner. Madame X (1966)
"Why don't you slip out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini?" Robert Benchley to Ginger Rogers. The Major and the Minor (1942)
"Success in life depends on your sense of values." Marlene Dietrich
"I wasn't always rich. No there was a time I didn't know where my next husband was coming from" Mae West. Sex Goddess.
"Ted Casablanca is not a fag! And I'm the dame to prove it!" Patty Duke. Valley of the Dolls (1967)
"Can we get a shot of this ring, because its sinking ships!" "A bauble he gave you?" Larry King. "Yeah" Liz Taylor. Larry King Live 2006.
"You sure do look pretty. You always did look pretty. Just pretty enough to eat!" James Dean to Elizabeth Taylor. Giant (1954)
"Nice girls don't wear cha-cha heels" Roland Hertz to daughter Divine, Female trouble (1974)
"Pleasure is everything" Diana Vreeland (editor Vogue/Harpers Bazaar)
"Unshined shoes are the end of civilization" Diana Vreeland (Editor Vogue/Harpers Bazaar)
"Well if he dies he dies!" Joan Collins after being asked about the age difference with her new husband.
"No man walks out on me. They might carry them out, but they never walk out!" Mae West. Sex Goddess.
"Chin up darling_both of them!" Kim Novack to Elizabeth Taylor. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
"There are only two things I dislike about you- your face!" Elizabeth Taylor to Kim Novak. The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
"Usually one must go to a bowling alley to meet a woman of your stature." John Gielgud to Liza Minnelli. Arthur (1981)
"When you're pretty, it doesn't matter how you wear your hair." Frances Faye (singer comic)
"There's a man leaving in 10 minutes. Be under him!" Dorothy to Blanche. The Golden Girls
"I'd like to make a dress for her. Half tar, half feathers!" Una Merkel about Marlene Dietrich. Destry Rides Again (1939)
"You're nothing but a railroad tramp. You're not good enough to live amongst decent people!" Mercedes McCambridge to Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar (1954)
"If I only had a little humility-I'd be perfect!" Zsa Zsa Gabor.
"Oh I'm so tired of just being pretty." Kim Novak, Picnic (1955)
THE LEGENDARY LOVELY MARLENE
The Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield
Where Do You Go To, My Lovely? - Peter Starstedt
You talk like Marlene Dietrich, And you dance like Zi Zi Jean Maire. Your clothes are all made by Balmain, And there's diamonds and pearls in your hair, yes there are. You live in a fancy apartment, On the Boulevard Saint Michel, Where you keep your Rolling Stones records, And a friend of Sacha Distel, yes you do.
But where do you go to, my lovely, When you're alone in your bed? Tell me the thoughts that surround you, I want to look inside your head, yes I do.
You go to the embassy parties Where you talk in Russian and Greek And the young men who move in your circles They hang on every word you speak (yes they do).
I've seen all your qualifications, You got from the Sorbonne, And the painting you stole from Picasso, Your loveliness goes on and on, yes it does.
When you go on your summer vacation, You go to Juan-les-Pins. With your carefully designed topless swimsuit, You get an even suntan, on your back, and on your legs.
And when the snow falls you're found in St. Moritz, With the others of the jet set, And you sip your Napoleon brandy, But you never get your lips wet, no you don't.
You're in between twenty and thiry A very desirable age. Your body is firm and inviting But you live on a glittering stage (yes you do, yes you do).
Your name it is heard in high places, You know the Aga Khan. He sent you a racehorse for Christmas, And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, ha ha ha.
They say that when you get married, It'll be to a millionaire, But they don't realise where you came from, And I wonder if they really care, or give a darn.
I remember the back streets of Naples, Two children begging in rags, Both touched with a burning ambition, To shake off their lowly born tags, they tried.
So look into my face, Marie-Claire, And remember just who you are. Then go and forget me forever, But I know you still bear the scars, deep inside, yes you do.
I know where you go to, my lovely, When you're alone in your bed. I know the thoughts that surround you, 'Cause I can look inside your head.
The two most beautiful French actors Alain Delon and Brigitte Bardot
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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.-Audrey Hepburn