Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. Throughout her long career, which spanned from the 1910s to the 1980s, she continually reinvented herself. In 1920s Berlin, Dietrich acted in silent films, her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel brought her international acclaim and a contract with Paramount Pictures. Dietrich starred in Hollywood films such as Morocco, Shanghai Express, Desire, she traded on her glamorous persona and "exotic" looks, became one of the highest-paid actresses of the era. Throughout World War II, she was a high-profile entertainer in the United States. Although she still made occasional films after the war such as Witness for the Prosecution, Dietrich spent most of the 1950s to the 1970s touring the world as a marquee live-show performer. Dietrich was known for her humanitarian efforts during the war, housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating their U. S. citizenship. For her work on improving morale on the front lines during the war, she received several honors from the United States, France and Israel.
In 1999, the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. Dietrich was born on 27 December 1901 at Leberstraße 65 in the neighborhood of Rote Insel in Schöneberg, now a district of Berlin, her mother, Wilhelmina Elisabeth Josephine, was from an affluent Berlin family who owned a jewelry and clock-making firm. Her father, Louis Erich Otto Dietrich, was a police lieutenant. Dietrich had one sibling, one year older. Dietrich's father died in 1907, his best friend, Eduard von Losch, an aristocratic first lieutenant in the Grenadiers, courted Wilhelmina and married her in 1914, but he died soon afterwards, in July 1916, from injuries sustained during the First World War. Von Losch never adopted the Dietrich sisters, so Dietrich's surname was never von Losch, as has sometimes been claimed. Dietrich's family nicknamed her "Lena" and "Lene". Aged about 11, she combined her first two names to form the name "Marlene". Dietrich attended the Auguste-Viktoria Girls' School from 1907 to 1917 and graduated from the Victoria-Luise-Schule in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, in 1918.
She became interested in theater and poetry as a teenager. A wrist injury curtailed her dreams of becoming a concert violinist, but by 1922 she had her first job, playing violin in a pit orchestra for silent films at a Berlin cinema, she was fired after only four weeks. The earliest professional stage appearances by Dietrich were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher's Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. In 1922, Dietrich auditioned unsuccessfully for theatrical director and impresario Max Reinhardt's drama academy, she did not attract any special attention at first. Dietrich's film debut was a small part in the film The Little Napoleon, she met her future husband, Rudolf Sieber, on the set of Tragedy of Love in 1923. Dietrich and Sieber were married in a civil ceremony in Berlin on 17 May 1923, her only child, daughter Maria Elisabeth Sieber, was born on 13 December 1924. Dietrich continued to work in film both in Berlin and Vienna throughout the 1920s.
On stage, she had roles of varying importance in Frank Wedekind's Pandora's Box, William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as George Bernard Shaw's Back to Methuselah and Misalliance. It was in musicals and revues such as Broadway, Es Liegt in der Luft, Zwei Krawatten, that she attracted the most attention. By the late 1920s, Dietrich was playing sizable parts on screen, including roles in Café Elektric, I Kiss Your Hand and The Ship of Lost Souls. In 1929, Dietrich landed her breakthrough role of Lola Lola, a cabaret singer who caused the downfall of a hitherto respectable schoolmaster, in the UFA production of The Blue Angel, shot at Babelsberg film studios. Josef von Sternberg thereafter took credit for having "discovered" Dietrich; the film introduced Dietrich's signature song "Falling in Love Again", which she recorded for Electrola and made further recordings in the 1930s for Polydor and Decca Records. In 1930, on the strength of The Blue Angel's international success, with encouragement and promotion from Josef von Sternberg, established in Hollywood, Dietrich moved to the United States under contract to Paramount Pictures, the U.
S. film distributor of The Blue Angel. The studio sought to market Dietrich as a German answer to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Swedish star, Greta Garbo. Sternberg welcomed her with gifts, including a green Rolls-Royce Phantom II; the car appeared in their first U. S. film Morocco. Dietrich starred in six films directed by von Sternberg at Paramount between 1930 and 1935. Von Sternberg worked with Dietrich to create the image of a glamorous and mysterious femme fatale, he coached her intensively as an actress. She willingly followed his sometimes imperious direction in a way that a number of other performers resisted. In Morocco, Dietrich was again cast as a cabaret singer; the film is best remembered for the sequence in which she performs a song dressed in a man's white tie and kisses another woman, both provocative for the era. The film earned Dietrich her only Academy Award nomination. Morocco was followed by Dishonored, a major success with
Joseph Wampler Vance was an American soldier from Illinois. Educated at the United States Military Academy, Vance was named a tactical instructor of Union troops upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he served alongside William Rosecrans as Acting Assistant Adjutant General as Aide-de-Camp to William Carlin. Vance participated in the battles of Fredericktown, Liberty Gap, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Kennesaw Mountain. Following the war, Vance helped to found the Illinois National Guard rising to become Adjutant General of Illinois. Joseph Wampler Vance was born in Paris, Illinois, on May 21, 1841, he descended from an early American family. Vance attended public schools attended Edgar Academy and the United States Military Academy; when the Civil War broke out, Vance was named First Lieutenant of Company F, 7th Congressional District Regiment of Illinois. Vance was assigned as the Tactical Instructor of the regiment. Weeks the regiment was reorganized as the 21st Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, the unit led by then-colonel Ulysses S. Grant.
Grant recommended Vance to Gen. John Pope, who sent him to organize and train two regiments in St. Charles, Missouri. Returning to the 21st Illinois Volunteers, Vance fought in the Battle of Fredericktown in October. In 1862, Vance was appointed Acting Assistant Adjutant General to Gen. William Rosecrans during the Tullahoma Campaign, he fought at the Battle of Farmington during the Siege of Corinth. Vance was tasked with command of Bardstown, Kentucky from October 1862 to January 1863, defending it from a Confederate cavalry raid. In March, Vance was promoted to Assistant Inspector General of 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, XX Corps until October, he fought with the regiment at Liberty Gap and Chickamauga, being mentioned in dispatches by Gen. William Carlin for his actions during the latter engagement. Carlin named Vance an Aide-de-Camp, where he served until July 1864, he fought with Carlin at Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge and Kennesaw Mountain. After the war, Vance was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to help organize the Illinois National Guard.
He was commissioned Captain of Company D of the 9th Infantry of the ING in 1876 was reassigned to Company C of the 17th Infantry in 1878. In 1881, Vance was promoted to Inspector Major. On May 15, 1884, Vance was named Adjutant General of Illinois, the senior-most officer of the ING, he served this role for seven years, compiling eight volumes of war reports covering 1861 to 1868. He established the Military Code of Illinois in January 1885. Vance founded Camp Lincoln in Springfield as a school of rifle range, he moved to Springfield. Aside from his military interests, Vance worked in the woolen goods trade for ten years after the Civil War, he worked in insurance before maintaining mining and manufacturing interests. He died in Los Angeles, California on December 14, 1927, was buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery
Sione Houma is an American football fullback, a free agent. Houma was born in the son of immigrants from Tonga, he grew up in Salt Lake City and played high school football at Highland, winning a state championship as a senior. While in high school, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds, rushed for 2,001 yards in his junior and senior years, returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown. Houma enrolled at the University of Michigan in 2012 and played in every game for the Michigan football team from 2012 to 2014, but he had not carried the ball prior to his senior season, with his playing time limited to blocking and special teams, he gained note for introducing the haka to the Michigan football team, for his ukulele playing. As a senior in 2015, Houma gained acclaim for his tough running game in short yardage situations. Coach Jim Harbaugh was so impressed with Houma. Harbaugh began referring to him as "Houuuuu-maaaa!" and noted the crowd response: "They're not booing, they're saying Houma." Michigan's leading rusher, De'Veon Smith, referred to Houma as a "coconut head."
Houma rushed for five touchdowns during his senior year. In the 2016 Citrus Bowl, Houma carried the ball a career-high nine times for 32 yards and a touchdown. Profile at mgoblue.com