Happy Mothers Day to all my Bloggers
and to "Marlene"
"Where have all
the flowers gone"
She sang that
when I saw her
in Miami Beach. Marlene Dietrich
27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992
Actress and Singer
I have such a memory of Dietrich. She was majistic as a
performer, the only one on a big stage. She filled the air.
A very small figure that mesmerized the whole theater.
Unlike her professional celebrity, which was carefully
crafted and maintained, Dietrich's personal life was kept
out of public view. Dietrich, who was bisexual,
enjoyed the thriving gay scene of the time and drag balls
of 1920s Berlin. She also defied conventional gender roles
through her boxing at Turkish trainer and prizefighter
Sabri Mahir’s boxing studio in Berlin,
which opened to women in the late 1920s.
I never knew this. She was Married and had a Daughter.
As a child I saw the movie "The Scarlett Empress".
After all these years I still remember her riding a horse
through the Palace. The movie set was very scary,
with weird statues etc. It is a classic.
Dietrich was known to have strong political convictions
and the mind to speak them. In interviews, Dietrich stated
that she had been approached by representatives of the
Nazi Party to return to Germany, but had turned them down flat.
Dietrich, a staunch anti-Nazi,
became an American citizen in 1939.
And those legs! The advertisements Blue Angel
focused almost exclusively on them,
and the most famous
still from the film still circulates widely today:
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Yvonne started painting and drawing in High School in Houston Texas. She earned extra money drawing insects in science class for classmates. Yvonne's mother encouraged her to attend art classes at the Art Museum in Houston in the 1960's. After her marriage she moved to Miami Beach, while living on Palm Island she continued her education in art, and Design. Also studied with notable artist from the area. Yvonne was painted by friend Florence Taylor Kushner, from Boston and in women's Who's Who. Florence painted many famous families. Yvonne was lucky enough to receive private tutoring from her. In the 1970's she went to Interior Design School . Years later she started her own Interior Design firm named 'Chez Moi Interior's. Yvonne continued painting and showing her work at Beau Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Also she exhibited her work in North Carolina, the Florida Keys, and at the Childers Art Gallery on Las Olas Blvd (Ft. Lauderdale). Yvonne won the prestigious 'Hortt Art Competition Award' at the Museum of Ft.Lauderdale, Florida. This work of art remained on display for several months at the Museum. Over the years Yvonne has entered many competitions winning countless blue ribbons. A trip to Paris, and a stay in Monmarte where she spent time with a few choice artist's changed her views toward her own art work. Art is truly an expression of experience and love to her. She likes her work to show a moment in time or tell a story. To know more about Yvonne Leyden