Dietrich maintained popularity throughout her unusually long show business career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally and characteristically.
It’s extremely rare for a woman to have class and swagger in equal measures. Dietrich’s signature contralto voice singing cabaret songs like “Falling In Love Again” in The Blue Angel was the embodiment of wistful melancholy. But she was just as entertaining coming out of a gorilla costume and putting on a blonde afro wig in Blonde Venus.
In her later years, the glamorous star became an expert at preserving and promoting her legendary image with the help of body-sculpting undergarments, non-surgical temporary facelifts, expert makeup and wigs, and careful stage lighting.