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Straight From Europe: The Next Great Hollywood Beauty

Posted August 11, 2010 to photo album "Straight From Europe: The Next Great Hollywood Beauty"

Anton Corbijn’s The American will give Americans the chance to discover two European actress: Italy’s Violante Placido and Dutch actress Thekla Reuten. They are only the latest in string of European discoveries.

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: Greta Garbo - The Swedish Goddess
Slide 3: Alla Nazimova - The Passionate Russian
Slide 4: Marlene Dietrich - The Tough German
Slide 5: Ingrid Bergman - The Natural Swede
Slide 6: Alida Valli - The Italian
Slide 7: Sophia Loren - The Italian Scandal
Slide 8: Catherine Deneuve - The Cool French Beauty
Slide 9: Penelope Cruz - The Dark Iberian Vision
Slide 10: Audrey Tatou - The Fresh French Face
Slide 11: Monica Bellucci - The Exotic Italian
Slide 12: Thekla Reuten & Violante Placido - The New Wave
Slide 4: Marlene Dietrich - The Tough German

Slide 4: Marlene Dietrich - The Tough German

Epitomizing glamour and mystery, German-born Marlene Dietrich had been acting for almost a decade in theater and film before Joseph von Sternberg’s German production The Blue Angel made her an international star. She was immediately scooped up by Hollywood, signing a contract with Paramount Pictures despite her poor English. A series of American-produced films by von Sternberg followed, including Morocco (for which she received an Academy Award nomination), Shanghai Express, and The Devil is a Woman. In the ‘40s, Dietrich became a spokesperson for the Allied powers, selling war bonds in the U.S. and touring USO shows. Later in her career, she appeared in films like Judgment at Nuremberg and in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, usually adding a haunting memory of old Europe to the story.