November 27th, 2011
Marlene Dietrich: Photo by Milton Greene, 1952
"Mystery is a woman’s greatest charm," screen star Marlene Dietrich once reportedly said. If that’s the case, then Milton Greene’s portrait of her — taken when Dietrich was 46 — is the most charming ever to run in LIFE. In it, the alluring "Blonde Venus" is all silky hair and long legs; the rest of her, like so many of the characters she played through the years, is shrouded in darkness.

Marlene Dietrich: Photo by Milton Greene, 1952

"Mystery is a woman’s greatest charm," screen star Marlene Dietrich once reportedly said. If that’s the case, then Milton Greene’s portrait of her — taken when Dietrich was 46 — is the most charming ever to run in LIFE. In it, the alluring "Blonde Venus" is all silky hair and long legs; the rest of her, like so many of the characters she played through the years, is shrouded in darkness.