One of Hollywood’s Golden Age legends has been glorified in a Google Doodle.
Described as “a wild original”, and hailed as the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema, Maria Magdalene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday.
In her honour, Google is changing its logo in 24 countries to a doodle.
During World War II, Dietrich was a high-profile entertainer in the US and was also noted for housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating for their US citizenship.
Dietrich was honoured several times for her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war. The awards included the US Medal of Freedom and the French Legion d’Honneur. She was also named by Belgium a Knight of the Order of Leopold.
One of the things she was well known for in Hollywood was her gender norm-bashing. Dietrich was often dressed in men’s suits and was a bisexual woman with one of her most famous relationships being with Mercedes de Acosta, a lesbian playwright.
Dietrich’s legacy to film and fashion and queer identity in Hollywood remains iconic long after her death at the age of 90 in 1992. She was a woman with big energy and big appetites for love and passion.
It is no wonder we are still talking about her today.