Google honors Marlene Dietrich with doodle drawn by a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ winner


The only thing better than an icon is an icon drawing a Google Doodle of another icon.

Google honored Marlene Dietrich with a frontpage doodle on Wednesday, tipping its (top) hat to one of the greatest classic Hollywood actresses. Dietrich—who is known for her work during World War II selling war bonds, performing for troops, and publicly denouncing Hitler and the Nazis—would have been 116 Wednesday.

Sasha Steinberg, who performs as Sasha Velour and won season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Racesketched the legendary performer for Google.

“She was a wild original!” Velour told Google. “Despite the pressures of the time, she followed her own course, especially in terms of politics and gender. As a drag queen, that’s particularly inspiring to me.” 

Dietrich, who was bisexual in an era when homosexuality was a crime, was famous for donning a tux in the 1930 film Morocco. The movie includes a scene where Dietrich, playing a cabaret performer, plants a kiss on a woman in the audience.

In her run on Drag Race, Velour brought artistic edge and pushed the limits of what it means to be a man performing as a woman. During “Snatch Game”—the Match Game-style segment of Drag Race where the competitors impersonate celebrities—Velour played Dietrich.


In case there’s any doubt that Velour is exactly the right person to memorialize Dietrich with a Google Doodle, the drag queen is happy to defend her artists’ rights.

“I’m a genderqueer drag queen who famously impersonated Marlene on TV,” Velour wrote to a skeptic. “Just enjoy the artwork.”

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the IRL editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.