How rich was Marlene Dietrich really? Check out her net worth before she died in 1992, and a lot of interesting facts!
Marlene Dietrich was a German actress and singer who had a net worth of $10 million at the time of her death. That’s the same as roughly $20 million in today’s dollars after adjusting for inflation. Marlene Dietrich began her career on the stage and in silent Weimar German films. She went on to become one of the most famous stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with her credits including “Destry Rides Again,” “Stage Fright,” “Witness for the Prosecution,” and, most notably, six films by director Josef von Sternberg, including “Shanghai Express” and “The Scarlet Empress.” Dietrich spent the later decades of her career touring the globe as a live-show performer.
While Dietrich had a highly manicured professional image, much of her personal life was concealed from the public. However, she was known to be bisexual, and to proudly flout conventional gender roles. Notably, Dietrich had a plethora of affairs of varying lengths, including with actors Gary Cooper, John Gilbert, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., James Stewart, and Jean Gabin. In Paris, she had an affair with cabaret hostess Suzanne Baulé. Dietrich’s other relationships – with everyone from Yul Brynner to John F. Kennedy – are legend.
Quotes by Marlene Dietrich
"The tears I have cried over Germany have dried. I have washed my face."
"How do you know love is gone? If you said that you would be there at seven and you get there by nine, and he or she has not called the police yet - it's gone."
"I had no desire to be an film actress, to always play somebody else, to be always beautiful with somebody constantly straightening out your every eyelash. It was always a big bother to me."
"If there is a supreme being, he's crazy."
"Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast."