Ute Lemper was still fresh on the boards when critics began comparing her to Marlene Dietrich. Though Lemper was born 60 years later, she shared the same kind of alluring beauty and glamour that had made Dietrich a Hollywood star. It wasn’t their voice so much as the cool sophistication they both brought to the stage and screen, the arched eyebrows and sculpted cheekbones that the camera so loved, a sinuous sexiness, and a similar free-spiritedness, not...

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