1901 – Marlene Dietrich born. German actress and singer. She remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically.
In the Berlin of the 1920s, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel brought her international fame and provided her a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US.
Hollywood films such as Shanghai Express and Desire capitalised on her glamour and exotic looks, cementing her stardom and making her one of the highest-paid actresses of the era.