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.

October 1929

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)


Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich