Marlene Dietrich: Portrait of A Lady

Marlene Dietrich: Portrait of A Lady
Marlene Dietrich received many honors including the Medal of Freedom for her service entertaining American troops for 18 months during World War II, often near the front lines.

Did you know that The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is showing the first major exhibition on Marlene Dietrich? This show is actually the first of its kind in the United States. “Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image,” showcases the life and influence of the actress in more than 45 objects, including correspondence, film clips and photographs. Portraits of Dietrich include those made by notable photographers such as Irving Penn. This exhibition should definitely be in your summer’s list.

Marlene Dietrich at The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich was an iconic figure, both on and off the silver screen. Photo by Irving Penn

Dietrich brought androgyny to the silver screen through her roles in movies such as Morocco (1930), Shanghai Express (1932) and Seven Sinners (1940). The biggest Hollywood star at a time when “talkies” were still new, Dietrich challenged strictly limited notions of femininity through her lifestyle and fashion. She once stated, “I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” Relying on her good looks, striking voice and witty intelligence, Dietrich achieved international fame during her long career.

The National Portrait Gallery is located at 8th Street NW & F St NW, in Washington, DC.


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