In the 1980s, Marlene Dietrich was a virtual recluse. When people think of reclusive stars, Greta Garbo is likely the one who first comes to mind, but Dietrich was just as reclusive as Garbo, if not more so. Dietrich spent most of the 1970s performing her one-woman stage shows, but that all came to an end in 1975 when she broke her leg during a show in Australia. She made one more film at the age of 77, 1978′s Just a Gigolo, before disappearing from the public eye.
She lived in her Paris apartment until her death in 1992, allowing only a very select group of employees, family, and friends to see her. Her Judgment at Nuremberg co-star Maximilian Schell worked his way into that inner-circle long enough to interview her for a documentary simply titled Marlene.