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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 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.