We wish a Merry Christmas to all our readers, and, simultaneously, a happy birthday to the mysterious, urbane songstress, Marlene Dietrich. As Marie Magdalene Dietrich, she entered the world on this day in 1901.
While her icy stare may not have played well on the radio, her voice certainly did. She turned in sensuous and beguiling performances in such episodes of Lux Radio Theater as "Song of Songs," "Manpower," and "The Legionnaire." She also appeared on Martin and Lewis and Burns and Allen.
An anti-Nazi voice and USO participant, Dietrich died in Paris at the age of 90.