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A few cynics might think that Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) outlived her beauty, but no sane person could contend that she outlived her mystique. Author Charlotte Chandler (Not The Girl Next Door; Ingrid) can claim a status that few biographers of silver screen icons can claim: She actually knew many of her legendary subjects. Her personal biography of the German-American movie star is informed by Chandler's conversations with her, which enables her to transcend the generic rehashs of publicist copy and tabloid concoctions. Dietrich was fiercely private during her film career, but spoke candidly to Chandler about her unconventional (and notably active) romantic life. A fascinating bio of a star who outshone Oscar.