Marlene Dietrich has always been the epitome of glamour to me. I had never even seen any of her films until recently, but the iconic press photos of her have been emblazoned on my memory since I was a kid. She was a Movie Star: sexy, beautiful, glamorous, and one look at her and you knew she had It.
Ten minutes into Morocco it becomes clear that she would have eaten Angelina Jolie for lunch. All her roles have a ferocity to them; a woman that can’t be tamed. She also had a colorful personal life. Ms. Dietrich had the credit of bedding three members of the Kennedy family among many others… She was a woman that lived by her own rules, but kept us wrapped around her little finger.
I have been looking forward to the next chapter of my Screen Icons series (you can see my last installment here), and I have wanted to do Marlene from the beginning. It was thrilling trying to embody her: I felt like a little kitten trying to be a tiger. Just channeling her I felt more powerful and sexy. Also, I learned that tuxedos are far more comfortable than traditional ladies formal wear. So, you may be seeing me in a white tie and tails again sometime!
Here are my favorites from our session (all done with the ever-fabulous John Ulman).
****DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT SMOKE OR CONDONE SMOKING. THE CIGARETTE USED IS A PROP CIGARETTE*****