The Legendary, Lovely Marlene

Dietrich Articles & Miscellany

The extract below appears with kind permission.
© Andrew Davidhazy, Gunars Viksnins
Marlene Dietrich Andrew Davidhazy & Gunars Viknins
Marlene Dietrich Andrew Davidhazy & Gunars Viknins
Marlene Dietrich Andrew Davidhazy & Gunars Viknins
Marlene Dietrich Orchid Cactus
Named Marlene Dietrich in 1997. The breeder is Harold F.Watts.
ESA-registration number is: 12197
Official description:
Light shrimp pink with slightly brighter pink-cerise edge on sides of petals. Next row medium shrimp pink with cerise overcast. Outer petals amber-pink. Overlapping, bell shape. Ruffled petal edges.
(Special Thanks to Karin at Epikakteen for information).



The photograph below appears with kind permission from ©Teresa Rodriguesz.
Marlene Dietrich Cactus Orchid by Teresa Rodriguez

Lili Marleen (Bare Root Rose)

Floribunda, Deep Crimson

Flowers: Double, Cupped, Exhibition Form, Medium, 25 Petals, Lightly Fragrant
Flowering Habit: Clusters 
Blooming Season: Repeat

Height: 3 feet x , Habit: Bushy
Foliage: Leathery Semi-Glossy Bronzed
Cultivation: Good for Bedding, Vigorous, Good for Cutting , Good for Bedding , Needs Sun , Vigorous 
Strengths: Profuse Blooms
Weaknesses: Disease prone
Hardiness: In general, Floribunda, roses are hardy to Zone 6, Zone 5 with winter protection, but there is considerable variation between varieties.

GermanyIntroducer: KOR- Kordes (Sparrieshoop) 1959 
Parentage: (Our Priness x Rudolph Timm) x Ama

ARS Colour: mr Medium Red ARS Rating: 7.7
Awards: Gold Medal(s) RNRS

Also known as: Lili Marlene, KORlima, Lily Marlene, Lilli Marlane

Averages of Responses from visitors:

Garden Rating Average: - / 10
Fragrance Rating Average: - / 3
Cut Flower Rating Average: - / 10
Exhibition Rating Average: - / 10



The photograph below of the Lili Marleen Roses was taken by ©N.H.

Lili Marleen Rose by NH

Marlene Dietrich DayLily Information courtesy of Plant Files at

Family: Hemerocallidaceae() 
Genus: Hemerocallis(hem-er-oh-KAL-iss) 
Cultivar: Marlene Dietrich
Hybridized by Kirchhoff; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2005Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)Spacing:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)Hardiness:
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)Sun Exposure: Full Sun Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) Propagation Methods: By dividing the rootballBloom Time:Early (E)Reblooming (Re) Flower Size: Large (more than 4.5" diameter) Blooming Habit:Extended (ext.)Flower Type: Double Bloom Color: PinkCoral/Apricot Color Patterns: BlendFlower Fragrance: No fragranceFoliage Habit: Evergreen (ev.) Ploidy: Tetraploid



Photograph courtesy ©David Kirschhoff.
Marlene Dietrich Daylily by David Kirschhoff

With its total floor space of 60,000sqft and its 46ft. ceiling, Marlene Dietrich Halle counts amongst Europe’s largest sound stages – an ideal location for feature film production. The complex is divided into three stages, the main 22,600sqft. stage and two additional stages, offering 17,760sqft. each. The stages at Marlene Dietrich Halle are all equipped with a broadband communication network (Monomode). Photograph and text appear courtesy Babelsberg Studios. 

Marlene Dietrich Halle Babelsberg Studios

The two photographs below of Marlene's Cadillac were taken by ©Orinoko and appear with kind permission. The Cadillac is housed at the Southward Car Museum, nr.Wellington, New Zealand.

Marlene Dietrich Cadillac
Marlene Dietrich Cadillac
The photograph below of the1935 Auburn was taken by ©Alex Small and appears with kind permission. Click on image to enlarge



The 1935 Auburn 851 has been part of the collection at the Museum for many years. Unfortunately almost nothing is known of it's history before about 1956. It was owned by a high ranking RAF officer before passing initially into joint ownership between the then Montagu Motor Museum and another individual and later into the Montagu Collection.
The car is reputed to have been used in the film 'Desire' however I can find no documentation in the vehicles file to confirm whether or not Marlene Dietrich actually owned the car. I believe the connection between the car and the film may have been originally made by another Dietrich enthusiast.- Patrick Collins Enquiries Officer, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire, U.K.


Beaulieu Motor Collection


Marlene Dietrich Auburn 851

Did You Ever Look Like Marlene Dietrich ?

(extract from an article by © Evan G.)

Image description

If you’re a heterosexual male who’s dreaming that you’re looking into a mirror and this image above is more or less what you see reflected back into your eyes—except it’s in color, highlighted by a hint of medium reddish lipstick—and you really like what you’re seeing, and feeling good about looking like this and feeling this way, then what the hell does it all mean? Yes, I dreamt that I looked sort of like Marlene Dietrich and had on a top hat, and pasty white face with perhaps the nose a tad more splayed out and the face maybe a little rounder, and some of the aforementioned lipstick, which I particularly fixated on, since, for some reason, it seemed like the most natural part of the ensemble and everything else seemed new and strange and surprisingly agreeable. Am I getting in touch with my feminine side, my side that is tired of being average, unglamorous and unnoticed? Or does it just have something to do with the fact that I recently watched that cherished scene of Dietrich in the 1930 film, Morocco, where she, in this very get-up, plants a hot kiss on a diminutive brunette cabaret patron, partly to tease legionnaire Gary Cooper but also because she just likes doing erotic things like that? Or does it feed into my frustrations at not being able to have women that I’d like to have, romantically, sexually? In my waking state, I have no drag-queen desires, no urge to don stockings and sing “Quand L’Amour Meurt” or “Ich Bin Die Fesche Lola.” It was an isolated thing, and it only lasted a few seconds, just a blip on a rich full night of dreaming. But it was way too much fun, and that’s why I ponder it. And lest any of you boys want me to “see what the boys in the back room will have,” forget about it. E.G.

The photograph below was taken by ©Michael Zargarov and appears with kind permission. Click on image to enlarge.
'Here is the elusive Shalimar perfume bottle. It was on Marlene's dressing room make-up table at Paramount, in the late 1940's, when my Father's last wife, Ruth Hancock was a Costumer there. She was doing something for Marlene during the filming of Golden Earrings, and made some mention of loving the smell of Shalimar.
Marlene picked up the bottle and gave it to Ruth. Ruth used almost ALL the perfume...there is only a thick jelly at the bottom now, but the intoxicating smell lingers.
Ruth remembered that Marlene gave perfume and other gifts to everyone involved with a film after it was finished. She once got a gold medallion of St. Genesius (Patron of Actors) for her charm bracelet. I wish I knew where that was now'. -Michael Zargarov
Marlene Dietrich Shalimar perfume bottle

The photograph below of the Beach House in Santa Monica where Marlene used to reside was taken by ©Michael Zargarov and appears with kind permission.

Marlene Dietrich Beach House

The photograph below is of British dollmaker Paul Crees (Paul Crees/Peter Coe) with one of his Marlene Dietrich dolls.

Marlene Dietrich do;; Paul Crees, Peter Coe

The piece below appears with kind permission from the Allen Ginsberg Estate.

Marlene Dietrich is singing a lament
for mechanical love.
She leans against a mortarboard tree
on a plateau by the seashore.She’s a life-sized toy,
the doll of eternity;
her hair is shaped like an abstract hat
made out of white steel.Her face is powdered, whitewashed and
immobile like a robot.
Jutting out of her temple, by an eye,
is a little white key.She gazes through dull blue pupils
set in the whites of her eyes.
She closes them, and the key
turns by itself.She opens her eyes, and they’re blank
like a statue’s in a museum.
Her machine begins to move, the key turns
again, her eyes change, she sings.—you’d think I would have thought a plan
to end the inner grind,
but not till I have found a man
to occupy my mind. 

© Allen Ginsberg Estate. Collected Poems: 1947-1997 Pengin Publishers/Harper Collins.

The piece below entitled 'Mechanical Love' is by artist Sam Aguirre and appears with kind permission.
© Sam Aguirre.
Marlene Dietrich by Sam Aguirre

The magazine cutting below appears with kind permission from Linda Wulfestieg.
© Linda Wulfestieg.

Marlene Dietrich Lenci Dolls, Linda Wulfestieg
Marlene Dietrich Lenci Dolls, Linda Wulfestieg

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