Marlene Dietrich

When: 1930-35 Sex symbolism: The German-born actress-singer became Hollywood's most glamorous femme fatale on the strength of star turns in such movies as "Blond Venus," "The Devil Is a Woman" and "The Scarlet Empress" -- films that highlighted her droop-lidded sensuality and Teutonic sang froid. But Dietrich was equally renowned as a kind of sexual conquistador for her time: a sexual libertine and frequent cross-dresser who took on lovers of both genders and enjoyed reported liaisons with Yul Brenner, Eddie Fisher and even Gen. George Patton, among others.
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