Special: ‘Marlene Dietrich – Beyond Top Hat and Tails’ on December 25th

On Christmas Day at 7pm Resonance FM broadcasts ‘Marlene Dietrich – Beyond Top Hat and Tails’, a feature about Marlene Dietrich made by Out In South London – Producer Sabine Schereck.

Marlene Dietrich dazzled audiences – whether in a glittering dresses or in elegant tails. She crossed gender like no other star and became a gay icon. What was her appeal to a gay audience? Her glamour? Her strength? Her liberty? What could be read between the lines?

Marlene’s illustrious life took her from the heady days of 1920s Berlin to the glamour of 1930s Hollywood, from the fronts of the Second World War to the most prestigious stages in the world. Despite being married, she had numerous affairs with famous men and women. Yet, she managed to avoid scandal to keep her impeccable image intact.

Author Clayton Littlewood talks to art historian Simon Watney and Terry Sanderson, organiser of a Marlene Dietrich Tribute, as key contributors. Together they take at closer look at this unusual woman, who was very much ahead of her time and often described as the ‘last goddess’.

We would like to thank the Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin at the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek for their support and Alan Brodie Representation Ltd for their kind permission to use an extract from a letter by Noel Coward to Marlene Dietrich published in THE LETTERS OF NOËL COWARD copyright © NC Aventales AG and Barry Day 2007, http://www.alanbrodie.com

We would also like to thank the University of Minnesota Press for their kind permission to use an extract from Steven Bach’s book “Marlene Dietrich – Life and Legend”.

Terry Sanderson’s next Marlene Tribute with clips from her films and her concerts is on Saturday 16 February 2013 at 7.30pm at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL.

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