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“It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily”

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~ Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express (1932) ~

After an unhappy love affair, she becomes a prostitute, known as Shanghai Lily, the notorious White Flower of the Orient. (“It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily,” she says.) On a memorable train trip from Peking to Shanghai with a group of disparate passengers, she reunites with her lost love and is willing to sacrifice herself to a despicable warlord to save his life. In this picture, she is enjoying a more contemplative moment on the train with a cigarette.

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