All That Glitters is Not Gold is a series of brass multiples created to go with Casting Couch. In Casting Couch, fourteen Old Hollywood actresses are cited. In their heyday, their own thoughts and opinions were often silenced. These multiples were created to represent their voice and to encourage conversation.
The multiples are small works of art that can be displayed, but can also be worn as jewelry. Because of the two magnets, the sky is the limit.
Marie Magdelene Dietrich was born in 1901 in Berlin, Germany in to a wealthy family. Her father, an army officer, died when Marlene was six years old. Her mother remarried to an aristocratic first lieutenant in the Grenadiers, but two years later he died from injuries sustained during the First World War.
From a young age, Marlene studied the violin, but a wrist injury forced her to give it up. After some nightclub acts, she acted in her first film in 1923. Her international breakthrough followed in 1930, when she played the lead in Der Blaue Engel under the direction of Josef von Sternberg. That same year, she moved to Hollywood to appear in Morocco, also directed by von Sternberg, which earned her her only Academy Award nomination. Between then and 1935, Dietrich and von Sternberg would work together on five more films.
During the Second World War, Dietrich donated much time and money to the resistance against Nazism. She even put her own life at stake, when she went on two extended USO tours in Europe, and even entered Germany to entertain the troops. For her efforts she was received the Medal of Freedom and Légion d’honneur for this.
While Dietrich never fully regained her former screen profile after the war, she continued performing in motion pictures, However, she mainly became famous for her nightclub acts. These ended in 1975, when she broke her thigh after a fall. In 1979, she made her last appearance in a film.
Dietrich withdrew to her apartment in Paris and spent the final 13 years of her life mostly bedridden. On 6 May 1992, she died of kidney failure at her flat in Paris at age 90. Her remains were flown over to Berlin, where she was buried.