December 27, 1901
Birth of Marie Magdalene Dietrich in Berlin-Schoneberg.
Parents: Louis Erich Otto Dietrich and Elisabeth Josephine nee Felsing.
1907 – 1919
School in Berlin and Dessau.
First stage roles in Berlin theatres, including the Grosses Schauspielhaus Berlin (director Max Reinhardt); first small parts in films.
May 17, 1923
Marriage to Rudolf Sieber (1897 – 1976).
December 13, 1924
Birth of daughter Maria Elizabeth Sieber.
First leading part in the film DIE FRAU, NACH DER MAN SICH SEHNT.
Screen tests and contract for the film DER BLAUE ENGEL.
April 1, 1930
Premiere of the DER BLAUE ENGEL at the Gloria Palast in Berlin.
April 2, 1930
Departure for America.
November 14, 1930
Premiere of her first American film, MOROCCO.
After seven films together, parting of the ways with her director Josef von Sternberg.
March 6, 1937
Became an American citizen.
1944 – 45
Entertaining American troops in N. Africa and Europe.
The French government awards her the title of “ de la Legion d’Honneur”. She was later to be promoted “officer” by President Pompidou and “” by President Mitterand.
1953 – 54
Appearances as show performer at the Hotel Sahara in Las Vegas and Cafe de Paris in London.
Publication of the book “ Dietrich’s ABC”
Last cabaret/stage performance
Last film performance in “ A Gigolo”
Autobiography published “ nur mein Leben”
Biographical film “” by Maximillian Schell
May 6, 1992
Died in Paris in her sleep; Services at La Madelaine May 10, Buried in Berlin next to her mother, May 16, 1992.
October 24, 1993
Transfer of her estate effects to the State of Berlin and the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, assisted by John Block of Sotheby’s (New York)