Marlene Dietrich

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"Gossipy...Elabroately detailed...Greatly entertaining...Riva leaves no sequin unturned."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Marlene Deitrich was considered one of the most glamorous stars of her day. A determined perfectionist with an incredible ego, her beauty, her style, her sense of the outrageous, made her a star. In this candid, illuminating, and detailed biography full of photographs, her only daughter Maria Riva, tells the incredible, fascinating, story of the star's life and career, ...
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Overview

"Gossipy...Elabroately detailed...Greatly entertaining...Riva leaves no sequin unturned."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Marlene Deitrich was considered one of the most glamorous stars of her day. A determined perfectionist with an incredible ego, her beauty, her style, her sense of the outrageous, made her a star. In this candid, illuminating, and detailed biography full of photographs, her only daughter Maria Riva, tells the incredible, fascinating, story of the star's life and career, loves and hates, hits and misses, as only a daughter can.

Riva, Marlene Dietrich's daughter, offers a biography of her famous mother as only she can do. From Dietrich's tortured early days to her Hollywoood heyday (and relationships with John Gilbert, Edith Piaf, Erich Maria Remarque, and others) to her brave work against the Nazis and her sad end as a Paris recluse, there was no drama more exotic that that of Dietrich's own life.

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As Marlene, the German-born Maria Magdalena Dietrich 1901-92 was a charismatic movie actress of the 1930s and 1940s. Like Greta Garbo, Dietrich symbolizes glamour and mystery. There are numerous books about the legend, including the star's own Marlene LJ 4/1/89. Riva, Dietrich's daughter, here adds her account. As anticipated, Riva's perspective is unique and affecting. Using her mother's diary, radiograms, and letters, she gives proper weight to Dietrich's youth, her experience on the Berlin stage, her collaboration with director Josef Von Sternberg e.g., The Blue Angel , 1930; Morocco , 1930, and her latter-day triumphs on stage and as a chanteuse. There are arresting tales here father and stepfather killed in World War I; a stint entertaining U.S. troops during the Battle of the Bulge; affairs with legends of the screen and other arts that give the reader a true grasp of both biographer and subject. Recommended for public libraries and film collections.Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/92. --Kim Holston, American Inst . for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, Malvern, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345386458
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 420,982
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2004

    Refreshing and candid!

    Refreshing and candid. A favorite passtime of mine is browsing my corner bookstore in my lunch break, and I have a weakness for biographies. Can't seem to get enough of them! But I am reasonably clean when it comes to other dangerous addictions. While daydreaming, I stumbled over a biography written by Marlene's daughter, Maria Riva. It is (surprisingly) well written, and I ended up skipping lunch altogether to read instead. Apparently some talent from mom's boyfriends has rubbed off on Marlene's daughter, Maria. I was especially intrigued by the relations to Erich Maria Remarque;-- that affair of Marlene's might have been one of the longest relationships in her glittering gallery of affairs. I read a lot of Remarque's books in my young days, and I still return to them from time to time. Actually, Remarque is the reason I was reading anything about all of this in the first place. Review by Palle Jorgensen, September 2004.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2002

    One of the Best Books Ever Written!

    This book was beyond marvelous, beyond wonderful, beyond any superlative I can think of! This is an incredible story, lush with details of exotic people, places and circumstances, from Berlin in the 1930s to Hollywood to Paris. Maria Riva, the daughter of Marlene Dietrich, has a frightening story to tell that takes place in some of the most magical locales on earth. This is definitely Ms. Riva's story -more so than her eccentric mother's - and is well worth reading. I hated for it to end. Bravo, Maria Riva! You did an amazing job with this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    Review of Marlene Dietrich Biography

    Just camne across this biography written some years ago-and cannot put it down. Being the same age as Ms. Riva and also born in Germany with a similar (but Jewish) background I identify with her childhood all the way! But her 'glamorous' life in Hollywood, makes me glad mine turned out more ordinary!

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