Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus

Dietrich starred in six films directed by von Sternberg at Paramount between 1930 and 1935. von Sternberg worked effectively with Dietrich to create the image of a glamorous femme fatale. He encouraged her to lose weight and coached her intensively as an actress—she, in turn, was willing to trust him and follow his sometimes imperious direction in a way that a number of other performers resisted.