Dietrich

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This is one title in a series of short, illustrated biographies, telling the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past. They range from Beethoven to Dietrich and from Einstein to Churchill.
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) lived and loved with unconventional passion, enthralling men and women alike. In life, on stage and on film she played many roles, from the promiscuous temptress to the loving mother and innocent girl. A cosmopolitan star, she was also highly ...
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Overview

This is one title in a series of short, illustrated biographies, telling the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past. They range from Beethoven to Dietrich and from Einstein to Churchill.
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) lived and loved with unconventional passion, enthralling men and women alike. In life, on stage and on film she played many roles, from the promiscuous temptress to the loving mother and innocent girl. A cosmopolitan star, she was also highly political, using her glamorous image as a weapon in the fight against Nazism.
Her public legend became so important to her that she spent her last decade in total seclusion, rather than allow her audiences to witness her decline. "It makes no difference how she breaks your heart", wrote Ernest Hemingway of her, "if she is there to mend it".
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Sk rved's snazzy little volume, part of Haus's Life & Times series, pays homage to the glamorous star of Shanghai Express and Destry Rides Again. Showing Dietrich (1901-1992) as a woman who had impeccable "control of her persona and career," the author presents a chronological view of the actress's life, from her German youth to her Hollywood successes. Pull-out quotes (printed in red) and intriguing tidbits about Dietrich's life add pizzazz and colorful details. Despite its slim, pocket-sized format, the work is comprehensive; Sk rved, who teaches screenwriting at London's Birkbeck College, paints a well-rounded portrait not only of the woman, but of the era in which she lived. Among the dramatic b&w and color photographs are images depicting the siren being showered with carnations after a 1963 Stockholm theater performance and of her donning a jacket and tie on her first Atlantic crossing in 1930. (July 15) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904341130
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Series: Life&Times Series
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Malene Sheppard Skaerved teaches screenwriting at Birkbeck College, London. She has collaborated on an opera with the British composer Paul Archbold and won many prizes for her short films.

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