Marlene Dietrich dies of kidney failure in Paris on May 6, 1992. Gary Cooper is born in Helena, Montana, on May 7, 1901.
Born in Berlin, Dietrich was discovered by director Josef von Sternberg and soon thereafter made The Blue Angel with von Sternberg at the helm. After its enormous success, they hightailed it to Hollywood, where they hooked up with Gary Cooper to make Morocco (1930). Dietrich played a Parisian chanteuse, Cooper played a legionnaire, and once again von Sternberg had a hit on his hands. About her costar, Dietrich remarked, “Gary Cooper was neither intelligent nor cultured. Just like the other actors, he was chosen for his physique, which, after all, was more important than an active brain.” Said Cooper about his experience on the film, “It was apparent that von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich had a very close professional relationship. But it was only, in my experience, professional, without any love element. I got along with von Sternberg reasonably well, as all his direction and his instructions were given to Marlene, and the rest of us were left more or less to do as well as we could. I cannot remember that he ever told me how to play a scene.”