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Marlene Dietrich the name alone makes a statement However every legend has a beginning She was born Marie Magdalene Dietrich but by the end of WW 1 Dietrichs first name was shortened to Marlene Marlene Dietrich always was much more than simply a star more than only an actress or singer - since the beginnings of her amazing career she was an icon a trendsetter who created style and fashion and - most important - she lives on as a cultural symbol A symbol of decadence during the 1930 a symbol of glamour and beauty a symbol of anti-fascism a symbol of survival and - a symbol of sexual freedom Dietrich was both gay and straight masculine and feminine She was nicknamed the best dressed man in Hollywood and her extraordinary style appealed to men and women of all sexualitys She crossed the borders of the genders like no other star before her In 1928 when she already was the toast of Berlin she had her greatest stage success yet with a duet with Margo Lion in the revue Es liegt in der Luft Its in the Air Two years later in her US debut film Morocco she introduced herself to American audiences as a completely independent woman from nowhere who dresses like a man kisses a woman and makes Gary Cooper her girlfriend This is the image of Dietrich everybody knows This androgyny remained one of the most important parts of her everlasting myth Coming directly from Berlin where homosexuality and bisexuality were completely accepted and respected in the 1920s Marlene brought a charming freshness to Hollywood Morocco was not her only gender-crossing appearance during her sensational Hollywood career Her androgyny was accentuated in many of her films She is seen in a very mannish leather suit in Dishonored and in Shanghai Express she dons her male co-stars military cap which makes her seem even more powerful than usual An other highlight in
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