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Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express, 1932.

Shanghai Lily (Marlene Dietrich in "Shanghai Express".In Marlene Dietrich von Sternberg found and costumed his ultimate muse and tragic obsession. Her costume for “Shanghai Express” perfects the bird of prey metaphor. Costumes by Travis Banton.

Her formidable sexual appeal stemmed from a stunning androgyny, and an ability to simultaneously embody the passive and the dominating, the masculine and the feminine, the demure and the suggestive.

Marlene Dietrich looking very natty indeed. She was a frequent cross dresser, but she was such a famous actress the public accepted it as just her avant garde nature. She was probably bisexual, Ive read she had many affairs with both men and women