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by Melene Sheppard Skaerved, Malene Sheppard Skrved

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The fascinating life of one of the great entertainment icons of the 20th century.


The fascinating life of one of the great entertainment icons of the 20th century.

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Publishers Weekly
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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Haus Publishing
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Life&Times Series
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5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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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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