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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.
Posted September 19, 2004
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 4, 2002
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 23, 2001
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.