BY Michelle Garcia
September 23 2009 6:45 PM ET
Marlene Dietrich (1901–1992)
The mysterious, sultry German-turned-American film star was a classically trained violinist until a hand injury forced her to quit playing. Turning to acting, Dietrich went on to star in dozens of films in both English and German, including The Blue Angel, Shanghai Express, Morocco, Destry Rides Again, and Witness for the Prosecution. "In Europe it doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman," she once said. "We make love with anyone we find attractive."
Here is some footage from her final performance, in the film Just a Gigolo.
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