a star is born

marlene dietrich’s birthplace now a vacation apartment

english

Marlene Dietrich—singer, Oscar-winning actress, frontline entertainer, regime critic, and one of Berlin’s most beloved children:

Want to buy some illusions,
Slightly used, second hand?
They were lovely illusions,
Reaching high, built on sand.
They had a touch of paradise,
A spell you can't explain:
For in this crazy paradise,
You are in love with pain.
Want to buy some illusions,
Slightly used, just like new?
Such romantic illusions -
And they're all about you.
I sell them all for a penny,
They make pretty souvenirs.
Take my lovely illusions -
Some for laughs, some for tears

-“Illusions”, 1948

Before growing up and dazzling the world, Marlene was just another Schöneberg girl. Marked by a memorial plaque (fittingly inscribed with her quote, “Ich bin, Gott sei Dank, Berlinerin”) the songstress’s birthplace at Leberstr. 65 is today a vacation apartment, rented out for short-term stays. Despite its, say, unassuming interior, for €45 a night, die-hard Dietrich fans can relive the movie legend’s early years spent in the 49 sq m., two-bedroom apartment, located, incidentally, just down the street from her dear friend Hildegard Knef’s childhood abode.

[Image: Marlene Dietrich]

deutsch

Marlene Dietrich war nicht nur Sängerin, Oscar-gekrönte Schauspielerin und Regimekritikerin. Sie war auch ein Kind Berlins:

Want to buy some illusions,
Slightly used, second hand?
They were lovely illusions,
Reaching high, built on sand.
They had a touch of paradise,
A spell you can't explain:
For in this crazy paradise,
You are in love with pain.
Want to buy some illusions,
Slightly used, just like new?
Such romantic illusions -
And they're all about you.
I sell them all for a penny,
They make pretty souvenirs.
Take my lovely illusions -
Some for laughs, some for tears

—„Illusions“, 1948

Bevor sie der Welt den Kopf verdrehte, war sie ein einfaches Schöneberger Mädel. Marlene Dietrichs Geburtshaus in der Leberstraße 65 (das eine Gedenkplatte mit Dietrichs Bonmot „Ich bin, Gott sei Dank, Berlinerin“ ziert) beherbergt inzwischen Ferienwohnungen. Fans können unter anderem in einer 49 Quadratmeter großen 2-Zimmerwohnung nächtigen, die zwar nicht übermäßig mondän möbliert ist, sich aber immerhin in demselben Haus befindet, in dem Marlene ihre frühen Jahre verbrachte. Übrigens, ganz in der Nähe liegt das Kindheitsdomizil von Hildegard Knef, einer engen Freundin und Kollegin des Stars.

[Bild: Marlene Dietrich]

Marlene Dietrich House

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