Film actress Marlene Dietrich, born in Berlin, left Germany before World War II and became an American citizen shortly thereafter. A staunch anti-Nazi, she raised money for the U.S. war effort by promoting the purchase of war bonds. She was also a favorite entertainer of Allied troops. President Truman awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1947. Although it’s not easy to tell from this recording, Dietrich’s is the voice that Madeline Kahn’s character in “Blazing Saddles” mimics while singing “I’m so tired.” If I can find it, I’ll put that up as well. May Marlene and Madeline rest in peace.
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