German-born actress and singer Marlene Dietrich is instantly recognizable by her low husky voice, long legs, and proclivity for wearing men’s suits. Her breakthrough role was Lola Lola, the sexy nightclub singer who infatuates a prudish schoolmaster in Der Blaue Engel (1930). Over the next twenty years, Dietrich became the prototype for the Hollywood femme fatale and pushed boundaries with her outspoken politics and brazen sexuality. In Morocco (1930), she made history by kissing another woman on screen. Marlene’s lesbo leanings weren’t just confined to her movies, and during her open marriage to Rudolf Sieber, she had affairs with women, including French singer Edith Piaf and Cuban-American writer Mercedes de Acosta. From the early 1950s to the middle of the ’70s, Dietrich stopped acting and became a highly paid cabaret performer, signing Burt Bacharach to do her musical arrangements. For our Deutschemarks, letting Marlene’s blouse angles escape to the United States was at least as big a factor in the Third Reich’s downfall as the Battle of Berlin.