This version by Dorit Talmadge is not yet presented on Youtube. It was recorded for Odeon in 1941 with the orchestra of Helmut Koch.
The video features 2 pictures of Lale Andersen performing "Lili Marleen" in 1941. These pictures were published in the propaganda magazine "Signal" - January 1942 alongside an article about the song. Also featured is French sheet music of "Lily Marlene" - recorded by Suzy Solidor (for Pathé and not Columbia as mentioned).
The rest of video contains footage of the Second World War : Warsaw - Rotterdam - Battle of Dunkirk - Coventry - London in the Blitz - Hamburg 1943 - D-day in Normandy and the battle of Caen - Battle of Berlin and the ruins of Berlin in 1945.
Marie-José was born in 1914 in Oran, Algeria. A very pretty young woman she initially wanted to become an actress and appeared with Tino Rossi and Viviane Romance in Naples au baiser de feu in 1937. Although she would appear in several other movies it was as singer that she was to become famous She signed with Odeon in 1939 and recorded "Un avion tout blanc". Her career prospered during the occupation when she recorded "Le paradis perdu", "Les fleurs sont des mots d'amour" and several French versions of German songs/tangos : "Tango Marina", "Loin de toi" (Lied der Sehnsucht), "'Létoile de Rio" (Stern von Rio), "Guitare dans le soir" (Gitarren-Serenade)
After the war she continued her career with "Amor Amor" and "Besame mucho". She had always had a preference for tangos and her 1947 recording "Impossible" was an enormous succes. She was crowned France's 'Reine du tango" (Queen of the tango). She remained popular throughout the 1950s. From the 1960s onwards- with changing musical styles - her appearances became fewer... In the 1980s she occasionally appeared on Pascal Sevran's show "La chance aux chansons"....
Marie-José died in 2002 and apparently had led a very happy and fulfilling life...
Marlene Dietrich Lili Marleen
Lili Marleen - karaoke
Lili Marleen in Russian recorded 1943
Lili Marleen in German recorded 1939 Lale Andersen
WW2 Lili Marleen (1939 Version)
Lili Marleen (Swedish)
Marlene Dietrich - Rare & Candid Interview (1971) - P2
Dietrich's gravestone in Berlin.
The inscription reads "Hier steh ich an den Marken meiner Tage" (Here I stand at the mile-stone of my days), a paraphrased line
from the sonnet Abschied vom Leben(Farewell from Life) by Theodor Körner.
She was raised a Protestant but lost her faith due to
looks SCARED AND SAD LOOKING Marlene Dietrich Bob Hope, and Bette Davis
during her time with the US Army as an entertainer after hearing preachers from both sides invoking God as their support. "I lost my faith during the war and can't believe they are all up there, flying around or sitting at tables, all those I've lost."
She once said: “If God exists, he needs to review his plan.”
boys in the backroom]
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she united warring Europe under her song lil marlene -
she must be given a special posthumous prize
for uniting Europe for the first time;
when united Europe was just a dream