Marlene Dietrich

As part of a six weeks’ solo tour of England, Marlene Dietrich made a week’s visit at the Birmingham Theatre in August 1965. Her limited vocal range and husky voice were enhanced by the accompaniment of an 18-piece orchestra and by the musical arrangements by Burt Bacharach. Marlene made a special visit on Tuesday 10 August to meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham who had been a fan of hers since he first saw her on the big screen. He described her as ‘a distinguished visitor to the city’ and was ‘looking forward with tremendous interest to meeting her’.