Monday, 25 November 2013

Marlene Dietrich...Scrub a Dub, Dub!

I love looking at the greats - Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn... the list goes on. 

And just recently I've been looking into Marlene Dietrich.

I don’t know if you knew this about Marlene, I certainly didn't, that she had O.C.D. 

I also discovered that when Marlene Dietrich was set to preform in the Theater Royal in Brighton in 1966, the stage manager was so excited for her arrival and wanted to impress her so much, that he scrubbed every inch of her dressing top to toe so it would be perfect for her.

Upon Marlene's arrival, she took one step in her dressing room only to ask her a bucket and cloth, and then began to scrub the floor of the dressing room herself!

The stage manager was so upset, that his work didn't seem to be enough for her, he had to be physically held in the box office to keep him from running out of the theatre like a madman. 

What he didn't know was that Marlene Dietrich had O.C.D and in fact scrubbed the floor of every dressing room she was ever in through out her career, whether it was dirty or not!

Pleasure to meet you... Now, where is the mop?

Isn't is fascinating what a pretty face can hide?

In case where your wondering where I've sourced my information. It was from the documentary called 'Urban Secrets' with Alan Cummings. The show follows Mr.Cummings as he tours the U.K and Ireland great towns and cities finding their hidden Urban Secrets. 

It is well worth a watch, it sadly finished airing last Year, but I'm sure it can be found online though or you can find out if its screening on television here


  1. I loved Urban Secrets! Have such a soft spot for Alan Cummings! Xx

    1. He is such a gem, theres something wonderfully wicked about his voice.

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